Friday, April 16, 2010

No Z-Man, No Dunn, No Problem.

Nats 5, Brewers 3

Well that was a fun one. When Dunn got tossed in the first inning for throwing his batting helmet inside the first base line in frustration after a completely stupid third-strike call by the third-base ump, you'd have to figure that -- with Zimmerman once again out of the starting lineup -- that changed the whole complexion of the game.

It did, but not in the way one would think. What an 8th inning! Gonzalez beats out the throw in an infield single, Willingham -- who earlier in the game hits an inches-over-the-wall, left-field homer -- gets hit by a pitch, Desmond sacrifice-bunts them both ahead, then Kennedy and Nieves both hit hard singles to drive in three go-ahead runs.

And Lannan! SEVEN strong innings. The only shame is that he wasn't able to pick up the win. THAT's the pitcher we all know and love.

All in all, a good way to start the weekend.

Up next: DC United vs. Chicago Fire on Saturday night, and maybe I might check out the Hoya baseball game on Sunday.

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