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Jun 15 2005 12:34 PM

Would love to have seen this game, The Nationals just keep winning.

]Donnelly ejected for substance in glove; Nats win
Posted: Wednesday June 15, 2005 1:25AM; Updated: Wednesday June 15, 2005 1:44AM

Umpires inspect Brenan Donnelly's glove shortly before ejecting him from the game.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Jose Guillen hit a two-run homer after Los Angeles reliever Brendan Donnelly was ejected for having a foreign substance in his glove, and the Washington Nationals beat the Angels 6-3 Tuesday night.

Guillen, the former Angels' outfielder, tied it at 3 in the eighth with a two-run homer off Scot Shields, then Junior Spivey's RBI single and Brian Schneider's sacrifice fly gave Washington a two-run lead.

The Nationals added an unearned run, their third of the game, in the ninth inning.

The game was delayed some 10 minutes in the seventh inning when Donnelly's glove was examined by all four umpires and he was tossed.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia then confronted Nationals manager Frank Robinson, who had asked the umpires to examine Donnelly's glove. Both benches emptied and, although there apparently were no punches thrown, several players were pushing and shoving each other.

Washington players had to restrain teammate Guillen, who was suspended by the Angels late last season for throwing a temper tantrum. The Angels traded him in November.

When the Nationals took the field for the bottom of the seventh, Scioscia asked the umpires to check pitcher Gary Majewski's glove, which they did -- and made him fix the loose laces on the glove.

Shields replaced Donnelly, who came in to relieve starter Ervin Santana. Shields retired both batters he faced in the seventh, but then hit Ryan Church to open the eighth.

Guillen followed with his shot over the left-field fence, his 11th homer. One out later, shortstop Orlando Cabrera booted Vinny Castilla's grounder, leading to two unearned runs.

Majewski (2-0) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings to earn the win. Shields (5-4) gave up four runs -- two unearned -- on three hits in 1 2/3 innings. Chad Cordero pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 22 chances.

Santana, a rookie right-hander making his third major league start, allowed one run and four hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out seven, walked four and left with a 3-1 lead.

Washington starter Livan Hernandez, denied the chance for his ninth consecutive victory, gave up three runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out four.

Los Angeles went up 3-1 in the sixth and chased Hernandez on an RBI single by Darin Erstad and Vladimir Guerrero's RBI double, which hit the center-field wall an inch or so from the top.

Nick Johnson's broken-bat, RBI single to right field had tied it at 1 with two outs in the sixth.

Bengie Molina broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single off Hernandez in the fifth inning.

Notes: Erstad singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 15 games and tie a career high. ... When the Nationals scored off Santana in the sixth inning, it ended his string of 14 consecutive scoreless innings, tied for the club high this season with Bartolo Colon.

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Edgy DC
Jun 15 2005 01:26 PM

The Nats aren't going to happen.

There is something sketchy about Robinson's relationships with the umpires, though, isn't there?

Jun 15 2005 08:22 PM

Since Donnelly's not a member of the Players Union, I guess it's up to his agent or GM to appeal.

Jun 16 2005 03:31 PM

Personally, I think this would have been a great trivia question.

Mike Scioscia has played with, managed and (almost) fought with 3 guys who all won the MVP in their first year after switching leagues.

Name them.

Jun 16 2005 03:37 PM

Darold Knowles.

Oh, wait. Wrong Recent Mets AFLAC Trivia Question Answer.

Jun 16 2005 03:38 PM

]Mike Scioscia has played with, managed and (almost) fought with 3 guys who all won the MVP in their first year after switching leagues.

Name them.

Kirk Gibson, Vladimir Guerrero, and Frank Robinson?

Edgy DC
Jun 16 2005 03:51 PM

Kotsay solos and the Mets have a deficit to overcome.

Willets Point
Jun 16 2005 03:54 PM

Wrong thread! :lol:

Edgy DC
Jun 16 2005 03:59 PM

Ah leave it.

Jun 16 2005 04:08 PM

I know Robinson is a Hall of Famer and all but last night he was on TV saying that he had lost all respect for Scioscia and that nothing he could say would change his mind, infact FR would like Scioscia to never approach him again.......not taking sides here but Robinson seems like a bit of a dick...

Edgy DC
Jun 16 2005 04:24 PM

I sort of retain anger with Frank Robinson for overlooking the Roger Clemens bat incident. The umpires may have all largely missed it, as they were going to their stations and perhaps following the ball with their eyes. Robby seemed to have the best of seats on the first base side. As extraordinary a situation as that was, his intervention would have been welcome.