GAME 98 REVIEW: I Didn't See It

Posted by Dave Nichols | Sunday, July 25, 2010 | , , , , , | 0 comments »

I didn't watch this game.  Haven't even seen the highlights.  We went out for dinner and saw Inception.  I'm not a huge fan of realistic fantasy, and even less into action flicks.  But it was interesting enough.  And the theatre was nice and cool.

Anyway, the Nats found new and interesting ways to lose another game, as Ryan Braun hit a walk-off against Drew Storen, after the Nats tied things up in the top of the ninth.  From multiple accounts, here are some bullet point "highlights":

  • Alberto Gonzalez started at first base, the first time in his career he'd played the position.

  • Collin Balester was recalled to bolster the bullpen, and was expected to just be on the roster one day, until Ross Detwiler was activate to start Sunday's game, until...

  • ...J.D. Martin's balky back acted up on him and he'll hit the D.L.  Balester will stick around for now.

  • Before both Martin and Balester had exited, they both had given up a home run.

  • Manager Jim Riggleman acted like an All-Star manager (not in a good way), and used up his entire bench by the top of the ninth.

  • Michael Morse went 2-for-3 a night after hitting two home runs.  He also made a critical base-running error, getting doubled up after Jim Edmonds made a terrific catch and throw behind the play.

  • Nyjer Morgan, pinch-hitting for Morse, bunted for a single to load the bases in the ninth.

  • Wil Nieves, the last man on the bench, couldn't get a ball deep enough to score Josh Willingham from third with one out.

  • Drew Storen allowed three base runners in his third of the inning and took the loss.

  • Washington lost its 12th straight one-run game on the road, and the Nationals have dropped 28 of 36 overall on the road.
Sunday, the Nats send Ross Detwiler to the mound for his first start of 2010.  He'll face Dave Bush (4-9) at 2:10 pm.