The Nats had one helluva weekend, it seems! As we drove through horse country and western Maryland to visit Tiff’s family, we listened to Friday’s game and marvelled as the Nationals managed to battle out a victory over the Marlins on the strength of their bullpen and their magically-appearing-offense. Shawn Hill no-hit the Marlins for five innings, and left only when he injured his elbow in the sixth inning.
Saturday brought a real dogfight of a game, with multiple rain delays and a tie ballgame at 3 come the bottom of the ninth. Fortunately, Ryan Zimmerman came through big for the Nationals, going yard with the bases loaded (warning, will launch QuickTime or Windows Media Player) and walking off the victor.
Sunday’s contest was a little more hotly contested, with a few situations that I’m sure Jason Simontacchi might like to forget, but in the end, they came out the victors. The Nats come out with their first .500 week of the season, their first series win and their first series sweep. Ideally, we’d have had all these things back in early to mid April, but it’s better late than never.
Overall Record: 12-25, last in the NL East
Games Back: 12
Projected Record: 51-111
What’s up this week? Well, the Braves are in town for four games, one of which will be started by the Nats Levale Speigner, who’s never gone more than 3 innings. Ever. Then the O’s come down from Baltimore. The O’s, who lost two dramatic games at Fenway this weekend. As Chris Needham said: “After that, the Bloworioles come to town, bringing their disease-laden fans to town. If you go next week, bring some baby wipes to sterilize your seat; who knows what kind of communicable disease you could catch.”
Also, be ready to boo anyone who shouts “OH” during the National Anthem.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs