The Baseball Desert

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

One run at a time

The Red Sox don't have a single day game this week, so my baseball fix today came courtesy of my 'other' team, the Nationals, who continue to defy the odds, the critics and possibly even gravity by winning game after game. Today's game was yet another one-run affair, with the Nats coming out on top 5-4. Jose Guillen had yet another 'look what you're missing out on' series against one of his former clubs, going 8-for-13 against the Pirates, with 4 home runs, over the 3 games.

Nats' games may be many things, but one thing they're not is dull - you can never switch the game off because you don't know how it's going to end, and with the Nats so often having little or no margin for error, you're always on the edge of your seat. Hector Carrasco got the much-deserved win, after coming in in the 7th with the bases loaded and one out and getting out of the jam and then pitching a 1-2-3 8th inning, and the game ended on a spectacular catch by Ryan Church, who took on the wall in left-center and won, giving The Chief his 23rd save.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go lie down for a little while and calm my frayed nerves.