A 12:35 game on a Tuesday afternoon vs. the Astros in May? An afternoon game before school is out? What are the odds that a large number of people are going to be willing to take a day off work, or keep their kids out of school, to see this game? If there are 10,000 people at today’s game, I’d be surprised. This two-game series vs. Houston is the only time this season that the Astros will play in DC, which is all the more reason why this early start time was stupid.
Last time I checked the score, it was 10-10 at the bottom of the 9th inning. In other words, a pitchers’ duel!
UPDATE: still 10-10, bottom of the 11th, Elijah Dukes on 1st, no outs, Josh Willingham on deck…AND THERE’S A RAIN DELAY!!!
FINAL UPDATE: the game was suspended. It will resume in Houston on July 9th, with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning and the score tied, 10-10, but the Nationals will be the “home” team.
I’m confused about something. Initial reports were that the stats from this game would not be official until the game is completed. And that makes sense to me…the game isn’t finished. But, per the Nationals Journal:
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, all statistics compiled during today’s game — which was suspended due to rain in the bottom of the 11th with the score tied 10-10 — are official….The official scorer inside the press box at Nationals Park initially had announced that today’s statistics would not be made official until the game was completed.
I’m glad the statistics from this game are official. I’m just not sure why. Is it because 9 innings were played?
At least the Nationals didn’t lose today. Actually, since the Nats won yesterday, and this was just a two-game series, does that mean that the Nationals can claim that they finally won their first series of the season? 😉
The Nationals beat the Astros last night, 9-4. After being down 4-0 at the top of the 5th inning, the Nats began their rally in the bottom of the 5th, scoring 2 runs. They added another 5 runs in the 6th inning and 2 more in the 7th, providing enough run support to give starting pitcher John Lannan his first win of the season. This game could have been a true blowout were it not for the 14 LOB by the Nationals.
A terrifying moment came at the top of the 7th inning when Joel
Suckrahan Hanrahan entered the game for Lannan. Amazingly, he got three quick outs without giving up a hit…and he even had a strikeout. Congrats, Joel, for not sucking last night! Garrett Mock pitched the 8th and 9th innings and didn’t suck either…he gave up just 1 hit, struck out 1, and didn’t give up any runs. What a delightful change of pace to have a 5-run lead actually hold up!
Oh and, for the record, Ryan Zimmerman is Superman!
He was 4-4 in last night’s win over the Astros. Zimm has gotten off to the best offensive start of his career…he has always been a slow starter, but he’s currently hitting .333. Part of this turnaround may be the effect of working with a new hitting coach (Rick Eckstein), but it’s more likely due to the protection of Nick Johnson and Adam Dunn in the lineup…particularly having Dunn hitting after him. He has also playing great defense as well. Of course, the fact that he’s now stinking rich, after having signed his 5 year $45 million contract, has also probably gone a long way towards putting him in a pretty good mood! 😉
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I had to split my TV viewing time between the Nats game and the Capitals game (and “Dancing With the Stars” — shut up, I love that show!), and a bit later, the Yankees/Red Sox game. My TV remote control had a busy evening! The Capitals/Penguins game was one hell of a game, with both Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby scoring the first postseason hat tricks of their careers. But the Capitals came out on top, 4-3, to go up 2-0 on Pittsburgh. I’m pleased about this, of course, but the Penguins have come back to knock the Caps out of the postseason after being down 0-2 before, so the Caps still have a tough road ahead in this series. But last night was awesome…GO CAPS — ROCK THE RED!!!
Chien-Ming Wang bounced back nicely from a not-so-good previous outing, allowing 1 run on 3 hits in 5 innings, as the Yankees beat the Astros. An issue with Wang’s mechanics that had been giving him problems now appears to have been taken care of. Good news for Wang…and it’s a good thing he’s a quick study!
I was shocked to read that former New York Yankee and Washington National, and current Houston Astro, Aaron Boone will have open heart surgery to replace an aortic valve. He has had a heart condition since he was in college, but his condition has worsened, requiring surgery. Doctors have told Boone that he’ll be able to play again after the surgery, but he’s unsure if he will.
I was a huge fan of Aaron’s when he played for the Yankees and the Nationals. My thoughts are with him at this time. I hope his surgery is successful and that he has a complete and speedy recovery. I also hope he’ll be able to play again, but more importantly, I hope he’ll be healthy.
Good luck, Aaron!
The Yankees played split squad games today — the big boys beat the Astros, 3-1, while the kids beat the Pirates by a field goal…I mean 3 runs, 13-10.
Vs. the Astros: Starter A.J. Burnett is 2-0 this spring after pitching 4 scoreless innings with 3 strikeouts. Johnny Damon hit a home run and A-Rod’s replacement Cody Ransom was 2-3 and scored a run.
Vs. the Pirates: In 3 innings, starter Phil Hughes gave up 2 home runs and three walks, and stuck out 2. The offense scored a touchdown and two field goals. OK, not really, but the Yankees scored 7 runs in the 7th inning to break a 3-3 tie and then added 3 insurance runs in the 9th.
As for the Nationals, they were being shut out by the Mets until the 9th inning, when they scored 6 unanswered runs to win the game, 6-2. Starter Shairon Martis gave up just 1 run, along with 4 hits and 2 walks, but no other runs in 4 innings.
My teams won their three games today by a combined score of 22-13! LOL
Chien-Ming Wang pitched two scoreless innings against the Astros yesterday, as the Yankees and Astros played to a 5-5 tie. Wang injured his foot while running the bases in a game vs. Houston last June, so it’s good to see that he’s finally back — “I feel good. Nothing wrong.” (LINK TO STORY)
I don’t care that the Yankees gave up 5 runs in this game. (It is, alfter all, only spring training.) I’m just glad that Wang’s foot seems to be healed. The Yankees need him to pitch the way he pitched in 2006 and 2007.