Monday, March 31, 2008

One More Note on the Nationals

I would be remiss if I didn't talk a little about the Nationals-Braves game. After Bush called the Chipper Jones homerun, it was 2-1 for the Nationals. There was no scoring until the top of the 9th, with two outs, when pinch runner Martin Prado scored on a wild pitch by Jon Rauch to tie the game. The Braves pitching was superb. After the Nationals scored two runs in the first, Braves pitching led by Tim Hudson, followed by Will Ohman and Peter Boylan retired the next 24 batters. But Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman broke the string with a walk off homerun in the bottom of the 9th to give the Nats a 3-2 victory. OK, there are 161 games to go and my prediction for the Nationals to win the National League is a longshot. But make no mistake this team can compete even if they have suspect hitting and barely adequate starting pitching. They have an outstanding bullpen and they get their hits when they need to get them. Andrew might have reason to celebrate this October.

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