Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Yes, No, Maybe

Nats 6, Astros 5

The stuff that didn't happen in the win last night is almost as significant as what did happen. (say that ten times fast)

The Nats did win an important game, creeping to within one game of Houston's Wild Card lead and hanging on to second place in the NL East.

The Nats didn't lose their 14th straight one run game, which would have dropped them to a confidence damaging 3 games behind Houston and into a tie for third in the NL East.

The Nats did hit four home runs, opening up a 6-1 lead over the 'stros, thanks in part to "baseball's stupidest park." (I will set myself on fire if DC gets a park that stupid)

The Nats didn't hold the big lead, allowing Houston to climb back in it, thanks to Cristian Guzman's amazingly brilliant play in the infield [/sarcasm] and a little help from the second base ump.

Brandon Watson did go 2-5 in his major league debut, with a double and a high fly ball that found the seats for a "Juice Box" homer. He joins the distinguished ranks of those who were hot in their Nats debut. Previous honorees include Preston Wilson, Junior Spivey and Marlon Byrd.

Ryan Church didn't play as yet another newly acquired outfielder leapfrogged over him for playing time, further proving that Frank hates him. I think Churchy needs regular playing time to develop and mature, and I'd almost rather see him do it in AAA than rot on the bench here.

The Nats did win a key game despite many mistakes and errors. Perhaps this might relieve some of the "pressure to be perfect." I can only hope.

The Nats didn't win as decisively as they should have, which would have been a major momentum boost to begin this road trip from hell.

But a win is a win is a win. Right? I'll take it, and we'll see if Livan can earn back his exclamation points tonight.


Anonymous Todd said...

"I'll take it, and we'll see if Livan can earn back his exclamation points tonight."

Oi. Not so much. :)

11:42 PM  

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