Posted by Cheryl Nichols | Saturday, June 20, 2009 | , , , , | 0 comments »

Posted by Cheryl Nichols

"Despite the record, we go out every day and expect to win." --Adam Dunn, June 19, 2009.

THE RESULT: The Nationals won their third straight game which marked their first extra innings victory (now 1-8 in extra innings). It took eleven innings on a hot and humid night, but well worth it to the team and fans for sticking this one out.

THE TAKEAWAY: The Nats are on a winning streak! Starter Jordan Zimmermann went 5 2/3 strong innings, and the bullpen finished the final 5 1/3 frames without allowing a run. MacDougal was the only reliever left in the pen. Zimmermann also earned his first RBI of the season as he beat out a potential double-play grounder with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, and turned it into a run-scoring fielder's choice.

The team and fans seemed to appreciate this win more than any other win at home this year and mobbed Dunn after his walk off single.

THE GOOD: Willie Harris made another amazing catch to rob an extra-base hit from Vernon Wells in the ninth.

THE BAD: Fielding errors. F: Hernandez, A (6, fielding), Guzman, C (9, fielding), Dunn (8, fielding).

THE UGLY: Team LOB=16. Especially watching three guys strike out with the bases loaded, looking (Zimmerman, Dukes and Bard). Ryan Zimmerman was then called out looking at a 3-2 slider on the outside so it should have been a walk.

NOTES: It was beach night at the ballpark and the first 10,000 fans received a free beach towel. Screech and the Nat Pack really got into character. Adam Dunn spoke with MLB Tonight after the game.

NEXT GAME: Toronto Blue Jays at Nationals Park. Ross Detwiler (0-3, 5.23) faces Brett Cecil (2-1, 4.38) at 7:05 p.m.

OTHER: Former National Endy Chavez, now playing for the Seattle Mariners, was carted off the field tonight after collision with shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.

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