Like big bullies, the Washington Nationals swooped in and defeated the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants 2-0 on Monday night amidst a backdrop of patriotism and nationalism on Military Appreciation Night at Nationals Park with no regard to how fragile the World Champs could be. The Nationals wore their new “patriotic” alternative uniforms that throughout the night gave off the odor of apple pie and napalm. Personally, I think the uniform is ugly, but perhaps it was the pompous threads that confused the young and defenseless 2010 champions like a bird with bright plumage confusing and offending a predator.
Those big meanies.
Lefty Tom Gorzelanny absolutely shocked the world with an eight-inning, three hit performance for his first win of 2011.
Reliever #TrueCloser Drew Storen used the power of the flat brim to record his sixth save of the season in the ninth. Catcher Wilson “Rhino” Ramos collected two hits off Madison Bumgarner who had a no-hitter going through five-innings before Ramos ended any thoughts of that. It was off Ramos’ second hit of the night when the Nationals took advantage of a Miguel Tejada mistake and they were able to put two runners across the plate in the seventh thanks to a Michael Morse single (as seen above) and a Jerry Hairston Jr. RBI double.
Washington took three of four from the Giants in a four game series– nanny, nanny, boo-boo! The Nats are once again at .500 with a 14-14 record and are third place in the NL East. Next up for the Nats: Philadelphia. Oh joy.
Though the Phillies haven’t been playing up to their full potential as of late, Manger Jim Riggleman has to be boggling if he thinks he’ll enter the City of Brotherly Whatever with a line-up consisting of Brian Bixler, Alex Cora and Jerry Hairston Jr. like a conquering Mongolian. Not much the Nationals can do other than do what they did in the Giant series: play smart, play hard, don’t make mistakes. More importantly: don’t leave men on base.
Easier said than done, as always, but if you want to read more things said then check out the Phillies blog ‘That Balls Outta Here.’ The NQ and Teddy Never Wins got together with those hooligans and answered some questions related to the series and the Nationals. For a rip roaring good time, click here.
For another good time, click here. You be the judge at which one is better.