For the many fans of both the Orioles and the Washington Nationals, this past weekend brought the two teams together for the annual "Battle of the Beltway" series. Tons of people came out to newly-made Nationals Park for the three-game series.
The Nationals and Orioles meet for two series' in 2009 and the Orioles took the first, by winning 2 of 3 games from our beltway counterparts. Adam Jones showed his immense talent once again, coming up with key hits in games including a HR (his 10th) in game number three. Jones definitely warrants All-Star game consideration with the magnificent year he is having both offensively and defensively.
The Nationals showcased some of their young arms, including Shairon Martis and Jordan Zimmerman. Another young arm, Joel Hanrahan flashed his potential as he shut down the Orioles one, two, three in the bottom of the 9th inning to win game three for the Nats. The Nationals are building quite a starting pitching foundation, soon to have the company of mega-prospect Stephen Strasburg. Offensively, 3B Ryan Zimmerman was very steady, reaching base in each game. Adam Dunn, the big signing of the offseason for Washington had a 2 HR and 6 RBI game and was a star this weekend.
One last note, the announce team was split down the middle for the broadcasts. The combination I saw was Jim Palmer and Rob Dibble. Other broadcasters, Gary Thorne and Bob Carpenter were featured as well. That was the first time that I ever noticed the announce team that way. After a few innings, the duo would change to give a different view of the game. After this series, the Orioles start a series with the Blue Jays and Washington will travel to take on the New York Mets.