Saturday, June 11, 2005

Joy Reigns in the Giant Cement Cylinder

Nats 9, M's 3

Ichiro-san bows before Officer Schneider

I'm never, ever going to complain about a win. But what does one write about when the team has won eight straight and 11 of the last 12? One tends to run out of angles. Even St. Barry's article is a tad generic by his standards. He did have a good line, though. "Show up in the giant cement cylinder on the eastern edge of Capitol Hill, and this is what happens these days. A win, every single night." Giant cement cylinder. Not bad, St. Barry! EDIT: The link I provided was to a preliminary post-game story last night. Today, it links to the story in print edition of the Post. Another great effort from St. Barry.

I was at this one, joining some old high school friends who made RFK the second stop of their week-and-a-half ballpark tour of the East and Midwest. So I didn't pay as close attention as I might normally. But it did seem Sunny Kim had his mojo working in the few few innings. Tomo Who? He retired the first six in order, and faced only the minimum through three innings. But in the fourth inning, after a few hits and a few fielder's choices (is that the proper possessive for a fielder's choice? Can I get a ruling?) the Mariners picked up two runs.

In the bottom of the fifth, with Schneider on second base, Rick "Moonlight" Short pinch-hit for Kim. In his first major league at-bat, Short singled to left, driving in Schneider for the Nats' first run of the game. What a special moment for Short. Apparently he was in tears in the dugout afterward, no doubt in large part to the likelihood he will be sent back down to New Orleans in the next day or two.

Sexson extended Seattle's lead in the top of the sixth, hitting a monster bomb a couple rows deep into the left field upper deck. Washington got one back in the bottom of the inning, when "Pops" Guillen singled in "Patches" Church, who lead off the inning with a double. The Nats tied it in the bottom of the seventh, when Marlon Byrd (pinch hitting for Guzman) singled in Junior Spivey, who pinch-ran for Baerga.

Then came the eighth. Washington sent 13 batters to the plate, scoring six runs on only three hits and five walks - two of which forced in runs.

The big hit belonged to Schneider, who singled in two runs with the bases loaded. Jamey Carroll, the defensive replacement for Guzman, beat out a squeeze bunt, scoring another run.

Another notable is Guillen's defense. In the top of the fifth, with runners on first and third and one out, Randy Winn flied out to Guillen - deep enough to score the run on mere mortal outfielders. But "Pops" fired a strike to Schneider at the plate, who fielded the ball on a short hop. Amazing.

It turned into a laugher in the eighth inning, but this one felt nice. Schneider got the big hit, but lots of guys contributed. Church, Guillen ... even Rick Short had big hits. Oh, and congrats to Wilk, who got his 500th career hit with a triple in the 3rd.

Nine games over .500. First place. Sweet.


Anonymous da kine said...

I'd go with fielders' choices, since it is a plural possessive. Then again, I took Latin and Greek in high school and am a geek.

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