Wednesday, June 22, 2005

We Got Fun 'N' Games

Nationals 5, Pirates 4

Another day, another game that defies description. Another Nats win that had a little bit of everything.

The first couple innings were like home run derby. Guillen went yard for his first dinger of the game, and Ryan "Patches" Church nearly followed suit, doubling in NJ for a 2-0 first inning lead.

John Patterson, who was questionable to start today, didn't do so hot in the first two innings. I think Ron Darling may have had an actual good point. He said the Patterson may have been a little too comfortable, throwing too many strikes instead of mixing up the pitches. The Pirates took advantage, hitting three home runs for a 4-2 lead.

Guillen freakin' ate his Wheaties though, drilling another solo bomb in the top of the 3rd to cut the lead to 4-3.

Then it really quieted down. Patterson settled, retiring something like 10 or 11 batters in a row. The Nats couldn't muster much either, until the fifth when Carroll was hit by a pitch. Guillen got his third hit. Halfway into Nick Johnson's at-bat, Guillen took off stealing second. He was caught in a run-down and Carroll was able to score to tie the game before Guillen was tagged for the final out.

Patterson got into a jam in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with one out, thanks to a little help from the home plate ump's strike zone. Hector "Found Money" Carrasco came in and put out the fire. (I like St. Barry, but that nickname doesn't do it for me)

The Nats got into the game with home runs, but it was Brian Schneider's bloop single in the eighth is what scored the go-ahead run.

Chad Cordero came in and got two quick outs. Then Humberto Cota hit a line drive shot to the wall in left field. "Patches" Church got on his horse, slamming into the wall as he squeezed the ball for the final out. I'm convinced this guy is our outfielder of the future. TREEE-mendous catch.

After the game, he said this: "It hurts. But I made the catch [and] we got the 'W,' so let's get out of here. I'll be sore for a while, but we got the win, so it's worth it." Gotta love that guy.

Nats in a nutshell. One guy steps up big - Guillen. Pitching finds a groove - Patterson and Carrasco. A key hit falls in - Schneider. Chief gets another save. Someone makes a tremendous defensive play - Church. What can you say? These are the Nats I love.

We scratched out a 5-4 road trip, despite some injuries and a heavy toll on the bullpen. We really need that off day tomorrow.


Anonymous da kine said...

I'm actually starting to get concerned about bullpen overuse myself. I used to say that commentators who brought up how much the 'pen saved the day and thus tired themselves out were looking for defects in our team. Now, I'm not so sure.

10:29 PM  

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