Hanrahan out as Nats closer

A day after watching the bullpen blow a four-run, the Nationals have decided that right-hander Joel Hanrahan will no longer be the closer and Garrett Mock will no longer be the eighth inning guy.

The team will go with a bullpen-by-committee with right-handers Julian Tavarez and Kip Wells as the late inning guys. Once left-hander Joe Beimel is activated from the disabled list next week, he will most likely be the closer, while Tavarez and Wells become the set-up guys. 

With Mock on the mound, Shane Victorino hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Pedro Feliz and make it 11-8. After Chase Utley singled in Jimmy Rollins, Hanrahan entered the game and couldn’t find the strike zone.

Hanrahan walked both Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth on 10 pitches. Raul Ibanez then came to the plate. Hanrahan felt he had no choice but to throw a fastball to Ibanez. Hanrahan paid the price as Ibanez hit a grand slam. It was Hanrahan’s third blown save of the season.

“I hope I don’t wear out this word, but, again, it was deflating,” manager Manny Acta said. “Our offense just battled all day and scored enough runs. We played so hard for eight innings to score enough runs. You lose the game in one inning, it just tough for the whole team.”

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Acta said “When you are winning by four runs, most of the time, you should win the ballgame.” Was he thinking this near the end of the top of the 8th, when he pinch hit Belliard for Wells? Wells was pitching great – he was definitely ‘ON’ last night and the Nats were already up by 4, was it really the best decision to bring someone else in from the ‘pen for the 8th? Wells was starting in Syracuse, so it’s not like he’s going to be out of gas. I like Belliard just fine, but it’s not like he’s been superman coming off the bench this year. Wells is a lifetime .198 hitter, so he’s not a guaranteed out. On the way back into the dugout with his bat in his hand, you could see that Wells was upset that he was taken out of the game.

I agree , acta pulls guys too soon alot of the time, it seem that he does what typical baseball logic deems right, instead of going with ths situation at hand, ie; if the pitcher is doing good leave him in, dont just change to look like you are doing somthing that a manager would do. In these cases doing less is doing more.

I agree , acta pulls guys too soon alot of the time, it seem that he does what typical baseball logic deems right, instead of going with ths situation at hand, ie; if the pitcher is doing good leave him in, dont just change to look like you are doing somthing that a manager would do. In these cases doing less is doing more.

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