Washington 7, Pittsburgh 5
Well, once again, I don't have an angle to write about. The Nats win again, in yet another game that defies rational description.
Except for the fact the Nats never trailed and scored more than three runs, it was a familiar script.
The Nats managed six runs in the first three with another makeshift lineup, punctuated by Schneider's two run shot into the Pirates' bullpen.
Starting pitching was mostly outstanding. Esteban Loaiza pitched 4 2/3 innings of no-hit ball. But he fell apart in the fifth and sixth, allowing hits to five of six batters before being lifted. The book closed on Loaiza with him allowing four runs and five hits in 5+ innings.
The bullpen came in and got the job done, with Ayala allowing the only run by the bullpen. Chad Cordero was up to his old tricks again, allowing two hits to start the ninth before retiring the side for his 28th save of the year. He tied the Major League record for saves in a month and broke the Montreal/Washington franchise record for consecutive saves.
My favorite part of this game, though, was the ovation the crowd of 37K+ gave Chief and the team after the game. Frank pumped his fist in the air, and the players waved to the crowd. It's been said ad nauseum, but this has truly been a remarkable half-season so far. I'm loving every minute.