Last night’s game between the Nationals and Padres was tough. It is bad enough when two of the three teams with the worst records in baseball are playing. But when the Nationals enter the game needing to win 5 out of the remaining 8 games to avoid losing 100 games for the season, there’s extra pressure.
The pressure won.
Routine grounders that should extend a shutout pitching performance turn into 3 unearned runs. Balls lost in the lights turn into triples. And the explanation for the latter shows just what we’re facing. In this morning’s Washington Post, Nats left fielder Willie Harris provides the following explanation for his adventure in lights:
“They’re among the brightest (lights) in the league, he said. Sure, they’re a problem for opposing outfields, too, ‘but, I mean, we haven’t been hitting many balls in the lights. They’ve been hitting the balls in the lights.'”
Say no more, Willie. It is a tough time to be a Nats fan. But hey, let’s go win 5 out of 7. And remember, the Tampa Bay Rays went from worst to first this year. Stranger things have happened.
More to come…