Monday, July 30, 2007

Manny Acta was at the Game -- Shawn Hill, the Washington Nationals' young, but injured ace, made his first rehab start tonight, starting for the Potomac Nationals. The home team came up short, as a young man named Brian McFall smacked a pair of two-run home runs, as the P-Nats fell 6-3. However, Hill breezed through three very quick innings of work, allowing three hits and no runs. Washington Nationals' manager Manny Acta took in the game -- or at least part of it. When the autograph hounds descended upon him in the sixth inning, Acta graciously signed everything thrust his way, but soon disappeared from his seat behind home plate.

Acta had to be pleased with Hill's effort, but here was little else to please him. Acta might have wanted to see what Chris Marrero had in store for the Nats in a few years. I'm sure this is a game Marrero will like to forget. He couldn't hit the ball out of the infield, and misjudged a fly ball, leaving himself in a poor throwing position, unable to prevent the runner on third from scoring. No doubt, there will be better games for the young outfielder. Since the real focus was on Shawn Hill, the Nats' top brass, including Manny Acta, have to be feeling a little better tonight.

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