The day: Beautiful late afternoon game at the ballpark with 32,355 other fans…including Andrew! Third game in 8 days, and second with Andrew. (Can you tell I’m on vacation!) Temps in the low 80s, and Section 313 starts out in the shade! Smart decision to take the scorecard. Even the President’s Race was funny: each president wipes out Sharknado (don’t ask…something to do with the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week), Bill Taft gives him a body slam for good measure, and Teddy wins.
On to the game itself…
Stephen Strasburg: First career complete game and a shutout for good measure. No Philly makes it into scoring position. Totally dominant. Ten strikeouts. One walk. 99 total pitches – 66 strikes.
Jayson Werth: Second three-hit game in a row. Hitting ropes to left field. Werewolf in London walk-up music shows he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Scores – along with Ian Desmond – on one of the best hustle/heads-up plays of the year when Chase Utley’s throw home is offline, allowing Werth to score, followed quickly by Desmond when he saw the catcher take his time getting to the ball.
Wilson Ramos: Continues his hot hitting, going 2-for-4, inching closer to .300. Drives in a run. He and Strasburg even combine to throw out Domonic Brown in a rare caught stealing for the Nats.
Denard Span: Two hits, one run scored, and one RBI. Starts the game off strong and showing some signs of life on offense.
Steve Lombardozzi: Three-hit game after getting a rare start at second base, with a RBI.
Nats in general: Playing with pep in their step. Executing the fundamentals. Looking like they are having fun. Series sweep (only 4th time this year).
Don’t get too excited. The Phillies are getting old quickly and are not the same team that seemed poised to dominate the N.L. East just a couple of years ago. We are still 8 back in the wild card race. But as I wrote on Wednesday after the dreary loss to the Braves, let’s all chill and enjoy whatever is left of the season. And that goes for the Nats as well as the fans. I still believe in the Church of Baseball…and tonight really fed the soul.
More to come…