Nats 1, the Unwashed 0

During the off-season, Nationals officials went to great lengths to try to encourage their fans to “Take Back the Park” from opposing team’s fans, specifically, the unwashed from Filthadelphia.  I think we can say that after Washington’s 4-3 win tonight, the first salvo in the battle was landed by the Nats on the field, courtesy of Wilson Ramos and his game-winning pinch-hit single in the bottom of the eleventh.  Boom!

Game ball(s):  Several candidates for the award tonight.  The bullpen, which turned in five scoreless innings.  Jesus Flores, who came through in the bottom of the eighth with the game-tying double.  And finally, his compatriot Ramos.  It’s past 11, so let’s get crazy and give game balls to them all!

Goat(s):  I have finally figured out why Jayson Werth sports the caveman beard:  It’s his getaway disguise after he robbed the Nationals blind for $126 million last year.  What gives him swag, as the kids say, is that he has the bananas to hang around the joint after the crime.  Tonight he pulled a 0-5 with five runners left on base.  Oh, to be a professional athlete.

Bryce Harper is still only 19:  Steve Lombardozzi, who scored the winning run after going 3 for 6 including the clutch two-out single to keep the bottom of the eleventh going.

Current Record:  17-9

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