April 21, 2006
Robinson got his 1,000th win as a manager last night, with Nick Johnson hitting a pair of homers in the Washington Nationals' 10-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Robinson, 70, is 1,000-1,095 in 16 seasons with Cleveland, San Francisco, the Orioles and the Montreal-Washington franchise. He became the 53rd manager to reach the milestone.
"It was a 4-2 road trip I was looking at," said Robinson, a Hall of Fame player who ranks sixth on the career list with 586 homers.
"I forgot all about it. One thousand wins means you've been around awhile and you've had a few good teams."
Robinson shared some champagne after the game with his players, who gave him the putter.
"Maybe next 1,000, I'll get the whole set," Robinson said jokingly.
Johnson finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs, Ryan Zimmerman drove in two runs and Billy Traber pitched 5 2/3 effective innings in his first outing in three years.
Pat Burrell and Chase Utley had two-run doubles for the Phillies, who fell to 2-7 at home.
Traber (1-0) allowed four runs - three earned - and only two hits.
The left-hander hadn't pitched in the majors since Sept. 16, 2003, for Cleveland. A first-round pick by the New York Mets in 2000, Traber missed the 2004 season after having Tommy John surgery on his elbow, and pitched in the minors for the Indians last year.
"The gratifying part was coming back last year because there was so much doubt," Traber said.
The Nationals scored five runs in the first inning off Ryan Madson (1-1) and added four in the second, allowing Traber to pitch with a comfortable lead.
Zimmerman's two-run double gave the Nationals a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Brian Schneider and Traber had two-out RBI singles to make it 5-0.
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