On a night where both the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles were struggling to score much in the way of runs in their interleague opener, you could just sense that it was going to be just one hit, one moment that would decide the game’s outcome. And while my naturally defeatist senses were correct that the turn would not be in the National’s favor, it was ever so slightly off in its count. There were two game-deciding moments which came back to back.
In the top of the eleventh, with Ryan Mattheus facing Nick Markakis, on a 1-2 count, it looked like Mattheus punched out Markakis on a nice fastball. Regrettably, the umpire didn’t see it the same way and without fail, on the next pitch, Nick the Stick launched a solo home run to propel the Orioles to a 2-1 lead. With the Nationals offense, Game Over.
Game ball(s): Markakis. He’s half-Greek and half-German and unfortunately for the Nats, the German in him showed up last night.
Goat(s): The Nationals in the bottom of the eleventh. Get a man on to start the inning and promptly ground into a double play. Get lucky with Bernadina reaching on a wild-pitch after striking out, follow it up with a hit to put him in scoring position, only to ground out to end the game. What a frustrating end to a frustrating night at the dish for Washington.
Bryce Harper is still only 19: Edwin Jackson, who deserved better than another no-decision. While I fully support a gridlocked Washington, I guess I should clarify that I don’t want the federal government making anymore disastrous decisions, not the Nationals.
Current Record: 23-16