Sunday of Memorial Day weekend…the start of summer. (Check.)
Sunny skies with temps in the high sixties/low seventies throughout the afternoon. (Check.)
A huge crowd at the yard. Official attendance of 39,033. (You look for these things when you’re scoring the game.) (Check.)
Wonderful daughter along for the afternoon. (Check!)
As we left home for the metro around noon for the 1:35 first pitch, Claire and I had on appropriate game-day attire. (I think she still finds it amazing that someone who is 20 – her age – can play major league baseball, so I offered up the Harper shirt.)
Strasburg was on the mound, and he was sharp! The Phillies were confused all day. Eight strong innings and nine strikeouts later – with the only blemish being a balk on his next to last pitch allowing a man on third to score – he showed that despite the strange 3-5 W-L record this year, he’s back to pitching like an ace.
And the dormant offense showed some life. Zim started the big seventh inning by legging out an infield hit that ignited the rest of the team. (He later closed out the 7th as they batted around.) LaRoche continued his “steady as she goes” stretch, with a 2-for-4 day and two runs scored. Lombo had a huge double that drove in two runs and he stretched it into a three-bager on one of three Philly errors for the day. Our season tickets section – good ole 313 just below the press box – had our N-A-T-S, Nats! Nats! Nats! Whoo! cheer going for each of the six runs. The Phillies make three errors and only score one run…I said it was a gem of a day!
And after Clip came in for a perfect ninth, the picture that everyone loves – the Nats lining up for the congratulatory hand shakes after the 6-1 win – was all that was left. Even a stupid President’s Race (where Tom fakes off the others so that George can win in a cakewalk) couldn’t ruin a wonderful day in the park.
Perfect weather, the perfect daughter along as a companion, and a series win against the Phillies.
Yep, a gem of a day.
More to come,