Thursday, July 5, 2012

Game 80: Giants at Nats

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats go for the sweep tonight at Nationals Park.
It's been a while since the Nationals last played a ballgame under anything less than extreme conditions, and it doesn't appear that's going to change anytime soon. The thermometer is approaching triple digits today and will still read in the high 90s when Ross Detwiler takes the mound for tonight's series finale against the Giants.

Detwiler handled the heat well last weekend in Atlanta, carrying a shutout into the seventh before he finally faded. If their No. 5 starter can continue pitching like that, the Nationals will gladly take it.

They'll also take as much offense as they can get, but this red-hot lineup will face a stiff challenge tonight in Matt Cain, who is three weeks removed from his perfect game but did get hit around by the Reds his last time out.

It's Turn Back the Clock Night here. Both teams will be wearing replica 1924 uniforms, and there will be other old-timey quirks at the ballpark. Here at the Insider, though, we're all 21st century, so please check back for the usual live updates and analysis...

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv, MLB Network (outside D.C. market)
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 89
Weather: Partly cloudy, 96 degrees, Wind 9 mph LF to RF
NATIONALS (47-32)
LF Steve Lombardozzi
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Michael Morse
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jesus Flores
LHP Ross Detwiler

GIANTS (45-37)
RF Justin Christian
2B Ryan Theriot
LF Melky Cabrera
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
CF Angel Pagan
1B Brandon Belt
SS Joaquin Arias
RHP Matt Cain

UMPIRES
HP Gary Darling (cc), 1B Paul Emmel, 2B Scott Barry, 3B Jerry Meals

7:08 p.m. -- We are underway on Turn Back the Clock Night. Pretty cool pregame ceremonies that included both teams lining up in the infield for the national anthem, plus Walter Johnson's grandson throwing out the ceremonial first pitch from behind the dugout.

7:18 p.m. -- A swell job by the southpaw Detwiler to escape a bases-loaded conundrum in the top of the first. The young hurler allowed three consecutive base hits to Theriot, Cabrera and Posey but rebounded to strikeout Sandoval on a humdinger of a fastball, then got Pagan to bounce into a fielder's choice to end the scoreless frame.

7:29 p.m. -- I'll stop with the old-timey speak now. Detwiler looked sharp in the top of the second, retiring the side (with some help from Harper, who tracked down a fly ball to the base of the wall). Meanwhile, Drew Storen's rehab start at Class A Potomac is already over. He needed only eight pitches to retire all three batters he faced. Full story here.

7:38 p.m. -- He doesn't get credited with his 48th RBI of the season, but Ian Desmond does drive in the night's first run with a 6-4-3 double play in the bottom of the second. Not the kind of clutch hit we've come to expect out of Desmond, but the Nats will take a 1-0 lead.

7:51 p.m. -- But the Giants come right back and score twice in the top of the third as Detwiler gives up three more hits and a walk. He's already put seven men on base in three innings. In a way, he's actually fortunate to have only surrendered two runs to this point, because he's been playing with fire. Nats now trail 2-1 in the middle of the third.

8:13 p.m. -- We're through the top of the fourth now, and truthfully, it's a minor miracle Detwiler has only allowed three runs to this point. The Giants have been singling him to death, with a couple of doubles thrown in for good measure. Nine hits and a walk in total allowed so far, and his pitch count is up to 76. Can't imagine he's much longer for this game.

8:25 p.m. -- Do not adjust your TV sets. That was indeed Adam LaRoche bunting for a base hit for the first time in ... well, I can only imagine. Hey, if the Giants are going to play the infield shift like that, might as well take a free single, right? Not that it helped the Nats cause much. They continue to trail 3-1 after four.

8:41 p.m. -- Detwiler is done after five laborious innings. Despite allowing 11 hits and two walks, though, he did hold the Giants to only three runs. That's at least giving this team a chance ... if they can do anything at the plate against Cain. Which they haven't so far. Through five innings, they've amassed four hits. Rick Ankiel, pinch-hitting for Detwiler, struck out for the 29th time in his last 61 at-bats. Is that good? Craig Stammen enters for the sixth, the Nats trailing 3-1.

8:51 p.m. -- Make it 4-1 as Stammen serves up a run in the sixth. Credit to Justin Christian. The Giants leadoff man has reached base three times tonight and scored all three times. That's been the difference.

8:59 p.m. -- Nothing happening for the Nats against Cain. Harper battled through a 10-pitch at-bat but still grounded out in the sixth. It remains 4-1.

9:12 p.m. -- A rare, poor relief appearance for Stammen, who has allowed two runs in two innings to make it a 5-1 game. The Nats are running out of time to make something happen. And the way Cain is pitching, it may not matter.

9:15 p.m. -- Wait, we have signs of life. Ian Desmond with his 15th homer and 48th RBI of the season, an opposite-field shot to right in the bottom of the seventh. It's 5-2 now.

9:17 p.m. -- More signs of life! Danny Espinosa takes Cain deep as the Nats hit back-to-back homers for the second straight day. Make it 5-3 in the seventh.

9:30 p.m. -- Make it 5-4 as Harper laces a two-out double to left-center to score Mark DeRosa (who doubled as a pinch-hitter). That brought up Zimmerman with runners on second and third and a chance to tie the game or even take the lead and brought this crowd to its feet. Zim smoked a Sergio Romo pitch, too, unfortunately right at center fielder Pagan. So the seventh inning is over and the Nats still trail 5-4 as Henry Rodriguez (gulp!) enters from the bullpen.

9:40 p.m. -- Well, well, well ... Good Henry showed up tonight. Though he did commit a balk and put a runner on third with two outs. No worries, he got Posey to fly out to right to end the inning. We go to the bottom of the eighth, the Giants still ahead 5-4.

9:53 p.m. -- The Nats have certainly given themselves chances to score the tying run the last two innings. They just haven't been able to push that run across. Jesus Flores came up with two on and two out in the eighth but flied out to left. So we head to the ninth, still a 5-4 game.

10:03 p.m. -- OK, here we go. Bottom of the ninth, one-run game. It'll be a pinch-hitter (Tyler Moore), Lombardozzi and Harper against Santiago Casilla.

10:17 p.m. -- How about that! Just as they did in Game 7 of the 1924 World Series, the Nats storm back to win in dramatic walk-off fashion. Bryce Harper delivered the game-tying single. Adam LaRoche then delivered the game-winning ... uh, fielder's choice. He hit what should have been a 4-6-3 double play but the throw to first bounced and Belt couldn't handle it. Harper scored the winning run and the Nats pull off a 6-5 victory to sweep the series.

129 comments:

natsfan1a said...

Go, Det! Go, NATS BATS!

ptindc said...
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ptindc said...

Count me as one who is interested in seeing what we have in Tyler Moore. No disrespect to Lombo, but Moore can be a game-changer. I'd start him in LF regularly until Werth gets back.

baseballswami said...

Heard Bruce Bochey on 106.7 today really complaining about the heat. Says it's the first series this year they have had it, but he thinks they are finally acclimated for tonight. He picked RossD for the Taiwan trip and really likes him. Good guy, doesn't think his guys pitched all that bad, thinks our hitters were good. Likes the way Bryce plays.That being said -- Go Nats!! Go Ross! I think he is from St. Louis and it's plenty hot there in the summer. Although this summer seems to be more challenging than usual. At least it's an evening game. Hoping for short, low-stress innings and early offense for us.

JD said...

Tough match up tonight. Their no. 1 against our no. 5. A win here is a real good statement.

Pete said...

I'd like a visual on these throwback unis.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

It's 4 PM--do you know where your all-star is?

Jimmy said...

A win here and I really like our chances of entering the ASB close to 19 games over .500 after a nice win streak. I really can't believe that is a possibility at this point in the year - but here we are. What a ball club we get to watch here.

(On a side-note: the Nationals have one more fan as of two days ago, when my daughter was born just a few hours before we started clobbering Lincecum. As they say around here: woooooo hoooooooo!).

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Congrats, Papa Jimmy!

natsfan1a said...

Congrats on the new fan arrival, Jimmy!

natsfan1a said...

Er, I owe you another beverage, sec3.

NCNatsie said...

WooHoo indeed, Jimmy. I've got two of 'em. They're the best. Mucho congrats.

Section 222 said...

Keeping my expectations down for this one. Our No. 5 vs. their No. 1 and all that. And we've already won the series, wihch is fantastic. Hoping we feast on the Rockies though. A sweep there going in the ASG would be very sweet.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

I don't think that counts, 1a; Multiple Congratulations Rule there.

Marlins still up 1-0 v. Milw. Man, that Carlos Lee is a baseball player, and I mean that in the John Kruk sense of the term.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Me, I'm expecting another Nats blowout. FWIW. WTH. GYFNG.

YMMV.

LSMFT.

#4 said...

Congrats, Jimmy. Nothing like having a daughter. Much peace, joy, and happiness to you and your family.

The only problem with playing TyMo against RHP is that the nats then have no lead-off hitter - unless Davey benches Espi. I think he's actually starting to heat up from that side of the plate, but he's still not a lead-off hitter. Lombo's the only choice.

LoveDaNats said...

Congrats, Jimmy! Nothing better than that.

#4 said...

Two LF's again.

Laddie Blah Blah said...

Until his comedy of errors against the Braves last weekend, Det had gone 11 straight innings without allowing a run, with just a handful of scattered hits.

And then, the HBP on a slow curve to a guy he had down 1-2, the sacrifice bunt he picked up and then dropped, the obvious balk for no apparent reason, and then a hanging cookie to a slap hitter (Simmons) who barely cleared the LF wall for a HR to tie the game.

Until that meltdown, he had been dominant in his 2 starts since replacing CMW. I suspect he is anxious to atone for last weekend, and will not blow another 4-run lead, should the offense give him one tonight.

NatsLady said...

Nats playing two left-fielders again? Guess they've figured out how the Giants hit.

Laddie Blah Blah said...

Oh, Jimmy, lucky Dada!

NatsLady said...

Carlos Lee batting .500 (2 for 4). So, the Fish got two runs. Now, if the pitching doesn't meltdown, they're set. Oh, right, the pitching...

MicheleS said...

Jimmy.
WOOOOOO HOOOOOO! another Nats girl!

Cookies for Det! GYFNG

natsfan1a said...
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natsfan1a said...

Thanks, sec3. I need to study up on the rule book a bit. On the plus side, I know what LSMFT means. Or is that a minus? :-)

awww, must be the heat, NatsLady. That, or the SF shift, as previously detailed by sec3.

Stew Magnuson said...

I would go if they had 1924 ticket and concession prices.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Just means you're culturally literate on the middle of the 20th century, 1a, but we knew that.

Pouring rain in the top of the 9th, 2 outs. No way they pull out the tarp. ... And Elvis strikes out, game over, 2-1, Sox sweep Texas. Cool.

NatsLady said...

Congrats to Jimmy on the new Nats fan. She will be a blessing and a burden, but mostly a blessing. Enjoy.

NCNatsie said...

Technically, this game is thier #3 against our #5, though Cain certainly has been their best pitcher of late. But Lincecum pitched opening day and lost to the D-backs. Then it was Bumgarner, who also lost. The D-backs also won game 3. Cain went 6 innings and gave up 5 runs, but Affleck took the loss in relief.

But I don't care if they pitch Matt Cain, Herman Cain or Virgil Cain -- NOBODY CAN STOP OUR BOYS NOW! GYFNG!

waddu eye no said...

Cu all there!

Wendell said...

Good piece up at WaPo on Dave & Charlie, including video in the broadcast booth

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/for-washington-nationals-radio-team-dave-jageler-and-charlie-slowes-baseballs-in-the-air/2012/07/05/gJQAB9FYPW_allComments.html?ctab=all_&

NatsLady said...

Looks like the Rox are coming to us by way of St. Louis, so they might be more prepared for the heat than the Giants. On the other hand, they are in, er, a little more disarray than the Giants, and we have our BIG THREE up against 'em for the weekend series.

Wendell said...

Sorry, here's a better link

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/for-washington-nationals-radio-team-dave-jageler-and-charlie-slowes-baseballs-in-the-air/2012/07/05/gJQAB9FYPW_story.html

ehay2k said...

I hope Morse doesn't collide with Lombo as they both play LF! Nick Johnson@Austin Kearns redux is not what we want to see.

Congrats to papa Jimmy! Buy her some Nats onesies.Never too early to start.

PFB Balls of Fire said...

I'll bite. LSFMT?

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Freese and Darvish to the ASG.
Harper finished 2nd.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Kids today!

LSMFT

baseballswami said...

I really do think he needs the break. Hope he is excited by how many people voted for him , though.

David said...

starting in 1924 the Nats had a 10 year stretch where they finished above .500 eight times, above 90 wins six times, and went to 3 world series with one win in 1924. is this a start to another stretch like that? the 1924 uniform being a harbinger?

PFB Balls of Fire said...

David, Yes it is.

PFB Balls of Fire said...

Sec 3, partaking in a bit of Big League Chew isn't quite the same is it?

baseballswami said...

Game 80 - really? Seems like it was jut opening day. I really like where we are, though. Time to start researching the predictions of where we would be at this point.

dabassguy1 said...

I found several.

I guessing Lucky Strikes Mean Fine Tobacco isn't the one you are going for.

Fun times, these are.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...
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Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Yes, the Lucky Strike ad was the reference, among the other OFLAs.








Obscure Four- (or Five-) Letter Acronyms (or Alphabetics, since they aren't pronounced as a word)

natsfan1a said...

Next thing you know they'll be asking about Burma Shave signs.

NCNatsie said...

If you guys were as old as I am (few people are) you'd never have forgotten Lucky Strikes Mean Fine Tobacco. It was ubiquitous. I must have known it by the time I was 5 or 6. Later, I learned the r-rated version, in which the first two words are "loose sweaters," and that's all I'm a-gonna say. Except I'm sure Luckies were way more harmful to kids than loose sweaters ever were.

natsfan1a said...
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natsfan1a said...

Agreed. Now he gets to see his folks and pup, and get some home cooking. I have a feeling that there will be plenty of such games in his future. Freese is also a bit of a feel-good story, imo.

baseballswami said...

I really do think he needs the break. Hope he is excited by how many people voted for him, though.
July 05, 2012 4:42 PM

JB said...

Wendell, thanks for the link. I am constantly amazed at the voice that comes out of twiggy Jageler.

JB said...

The retiring HOF third baseman and the current WS MVP go to the All Star Game. Nats fans put on a good showing supporting a candidate who was not a slam dunk. Harper gets a well-deserved break.

Win-win-win.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Bourn finished ahead of Harper? My bad. Intentional Talk's bad, actually.

JaneB said...

We are happy you are growing more Nats fans, Jimmy! Congrats. Sometimes I think that what makes me happiest about baseball is the inter-generational aspect of it. Other times I think it's the way anything can happen, at any moment. You'll start to notice the same phenomenon at home in a few months.

GYFNG!

164abb6e-9075-11e1-aba1-000bcdcb471e said...

I remember LSMFT on the Lucky Strike cigarette packs, and my father joking that it meant "Louie's salami makes Feinstein thirsty."

baseballswami said...

David Freese brought me many thrilling baseball moments last post- season. If it can't be Bryce, it's ok with me that it's him. Bryce will be bringing all of us many thrilling moments in future post- seasons. Then he will be voted into the ASG on the first ballot.

JB said...

Jimmy,

My 23-month old daughter, upon seeing me come home and changing out of work clothes, now marches into the bedroom and commands, "new shirt! curly W!" It's the first step to being a 'baseball dad' like I always wanted to be. congrats!

Ron In Reston said...

Congrats Jimmy!! May she only know the Nats as a winner :)

Eugene in Oregon said...

Jimmy,

Congratulations. Here's a father-daughter-baseball story I hope you can replicate some day:

When my daughter was about 10 -- and we still lived in Virginia -- we were at a Nats game at the new stadium, but not in our usual seats. We were chatting amiably with two guys next to us throughout the game. In the late innings, the other team brought in a pinch hitter; they posted his stats on the scoreboard. The guy next to us said something like 'this guy can't hit' because his BA was in the mid-200s. My daughter turned to him, pointed at the scoreboard, and said: 'Yes, but his OBP is .340 (or whatever it was) so he must draw a lot of walks.' The guy initially looked a bit taken aback, but then turned to me and -- almost in awe -- said: 'You must be so proud.' And I was.

Grandstander said...

Overheard at the team store: "You know, Jim Bowden deserves a lot more credit."

Came from a Giants fan, obviously. No Nats fan would utter such a phrase

Feel Wood said...

I had hoped this Turn Back the Clock game would be a Clint-free event. Sadly, at exactly 6:15 tonight my hopes were dashed.

NatsLady said...

They just showed yesterday's homeruns. Ankiel's was just above his waist. Apparently they didn't get the memo he'll chase when it's shoulder high.

NatsFanChris said...

ptindc,

Im with you on that. Would really like to see more of Moore, especially considering Lombo's recent struggles and Espi's marked improvement in the leadoff spot recently.

There a lot of talk about how the bullpen will shake out when healthy, but Im equally curious about how the line-up and bench will change with the return of Tracy then Werth. We know Davy loved Tracy, and The Shark has been awesome off the bench.

NatsLady said...

Is Kristina dressed as a flapper?

UnkyD said...

Congrats, Jimmy!!! Well-deserved break for The Kid... Love the Charlie&Dave piece-they're awesome... And still smiling when I think of Desi,.... IN THE ASG.... WOOO-HOOO!!!!!!!

GYFNG!!!!!

NatsLady said...

Guess what? Nats have 32 losses. So do the Yanks. Every other team has 33 or more (White Sox just swept Texas...)

MicheleS said...

VICTORY! I finally found the LaRoche shersey in the team store

Another_Sam said...

This sure is fun. I was in the park yesterday; today in the office I was was entertaining the fantasy of going again tonight. [I didn't go.]

Re: Throwback night -- did any other insiders see games in Griffith Stadium in the dim past?

MicheleS said...

I wonder if carp and FP will be dressed up?

NatsLady said...

St. Louis vs. Rox: GAME TEMP 102, HEAT INDEX 106 WINDS MAY BE LIGHT AND VARIABLE.

R.A. Dickey and his Mets are a slight favorite to beat Colbert and the-team-for-whom-he-is-currently-pitching.

Old Wino said...

Tonight is all about the right hand.

NatsLady said...

Ray Knight has a cap that looks just like my Grandpa use to wear... takes me back.

baseballswami said...

Bryce is a throwback. He looks completely natural in that uni.

DannyEllinosa said...

1924 unis look great on the boys.

NatsLady said...

Ross let that first at-bat get to him. C'mon, bear down now.

PFB Balls of Fire said...

Eugene, I just choked up

NatsLady said...

Good job, Det!!! Keep that thought.

Adamnational said...

Cudos to the equipment mgr for breaking out the road helmets.

JamesFan said...

I normally don't like the throw-back stuff but I actually like the 1924 uniforms better than the current home whites. I think they are cleaner and more modern. I like the straight W as well.

baseballswami said...

I agree JF -- I usually don't like the pajama-like uniforms, but these are very sharp looking. I like the straight line W also. Will this be boosting sales at the team store?

baseballswami said...

So, we're going to trade outs for bases and runs tonight? Small ball here we come.

Candide said...

Cunegonde likes the alternate-2 jerseys - the navy blue ones with the curly W full of stars and stripes. Seems to be unavailable in small/women's sizes. Anyone know where I can score one?

Candide said...

Det looks very hittable tonight...

baseballswami said...

Is that the opposite of hitterish? We seem to have conveniently forgotten that the Giants are a good team - you know, World Series and such? And Ross has started how many games? He hasn't given up as much as EJax did yesterday. If he can replicate that second inning that would be good. Of course, that was the 7 ,8 and 9 hitters....

Candide said...

I think the opposite of "hitterish" is "pitcherish."

Eugene in Oregon said...

I thought the opposite of 'hitterish' was 'slump'?

phil dunton said...

Det has nothing tonight.

baseballswami said...

Not the end of the world. Apparently the Giants wear out lefties. Ejax gave up 3 in the first last night. We could use some offense. That would help.

NatsLady said...

I'm on Gameday. Did ALR really beat out a bunt for a single?

baseballswami said...

Cain starting to look mortal and we didn't pounce. Should have.

Eugene in Oregon said...

NatsLady: Yes. Given shift Giants were playing, he laid down a bunt and got himself a hit.

baseballswami said...

Word gets out and that might solve the shift. As for det- 5 innings, 3 runs . Not nearly as bad as it seemed like it might be.

baseballswami said...

The offense has petered out and so have the posters tonight.

Candide said...

Hey, did everyone but me sign off? Back-to-back shots from Desi and Espi and no reaction?

baseballswami said...

Oh, thank goodness someone is there. This is interesting!

Candide said...

Terrible check-swing call.

Joe Seamhead said...

3B ump should be fired for that call on the check swing to Harper.

baseballswami said...

They never quit.

Joe Seamhead said...

Pass the Malox...

Candide said...

Good Henry tonight???

Eugene in Oregon said...

Stepped away to have dinner with Nats down 4.1. Came back for Mr. Harper's AB and a much closer game. Maybe I should step away again?

MicheleS said...

Piss poor cell service at the Park.

Crowd has been Amazing! Now that Henry is in I need Maalox!

baseballswami said...

Eugene - I was in the shower and did quite the double take when I checked. Go eat some more and I will get really clean. HRod -- I am terrified.

Eugene in Oregon said...

Actually I have to leave for a movie momentarily. Hopefully that will help.

Candide said...

Good Henry tonight!

Candide said...

FWIW, I've never, ever understood balks - at least those tiny little things like what was called on Henry.

Candide said...

Enjoy the movie, Eugene!

Cunegonde took a break from her data modeling to come down just in time for the back-to-back jacks. Then went back to work. Should I go get her again?

Joe Seamhead said...

Does Davey Johnson have nerves of steel, or what? Again, my hat is off to him.

Candide said...

Why did Flores go down on his knee on Desi's steal? You'd think he'd want to avoid giving the catcher a clear throw to third.

Joe Seamhead said...

He helped him by swinging, Candide. Too bad Flores couldn't drive him in.

NatsJack in Florida said...

When Henri throws that slider in the strike zone, he's unhitable.

I'm going to blame Brad Lidge for making Henri think that way.

Candide said...

@ Joe - Flores did the same thing yesterday. I understand why he swings. I don't understand why he makes the catcher's job easier.

Candide said...

GYFNG!!!

NatsLady said...

Wow, I just got home for Clip pitching in the top of the 9th! Now it's tied. Man!!!

Candide said...

WOO-HOOOOOOOOOOO!!! (TM 2012 MicheleS)

Faraz Shaikh said...

that's it, I have decided not to attend any Nationals game until they clinch a playoff spot this season. For the gazillionth time, I went to the game and the offense was silent until I was at the game. I left because I have to work early tomorrow and this what happens.

NatsLady said...

Well, you needed a walk-off fielder's choice!!!!

Joe Seamhead said...

A GIANT CHOKE!!!

Faraz Shaikh said...

I amgonna get those free wings even though I did not attend the full game. Nats score 6th run and win the game.

Candide said...

Cunegonde and I will see y'all tomorrow night at the park - section 219.

Faraz Shaikh said...

but what a fitting way to end! I believe game 7 of 24 WS also ended on an odd play. no complaints from here.

SCNatsFan said...

These guys are playing like winners

baseballswami said...

Rookies !!!!!!!

Gonat said...

Kardiac Kids come thru again!!!!

Candide said...

And the Mets beat the Filthies, who are now ten games under .500.

NG said...

Two terrible at-bats from Morse and LaRoche there, and the Giants still manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Put a block "W" in the books!

Faraz Shaikh said...

yep it was a bad hop that gave Nats the WS in 24.

natsfan1a said...

AAOOGA!! AAOOOGA!! Looks like an instant Nats classic to me. Not sure whether it was a rally Carp or a rally WS bat, but either one works for me!

JaneB said...

Just saw the LaRoche interview. I've always respected him and been thrilled he is OURS. But tonight I fell in love with him. So he is in nine way tie for my second favorite player.

How nice that ninth inning was!!!

Secret wasian man said...

Hey NG, I think your a closet bmore fan. go pound sand. We won

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