When it comes to the Washington Nationals, I’ve figured out how to lower my blood pressure: simply stop watching the game (or leave, as was the case last night) before Rafael Soriano comes out to “save” the ninth!
I am NOT a fan of leaving the game early, but Soriano’s brushes with disaster in the ninth inning are becoming much too predictable – and too hard on my heart! Last night’s game was a case in point.
Candice and I strolled into Nationals Park on a picture perfect Friday evening. The surprises began as we walked in the gate: who knew it was Wilson Ramos bobble head night?! So in the man cave I now have The Buffalo, down in his crouch, ready to catch a pitch from my Stephen Strasburg bobble head! (And with former Nat Michael Morse – the Beast – in the on-deck circle, among others.)
In a break from tradition this year, the Nats jumped out early against the Mets, with a three-run first. Young Tanner Roark was pitching a masterful game. Teddy won the President’s Race. The bullpen joined the game in the 6th and held down the fort. 5-2 score through seven. All was well with the world.
Then an unexpected rain shower showed up in the 8th inning. After Tyler Clippard recorded the final out in the inning, I turned to the our friend who has the season tickets behind us and said, “Okay, you’ll have to help Soriano get home. We’re going to duck the rain.” She just laughed.
Somehow, I had a premonition. But predicting Soriano’s ninth inning meltdowns doesn’t take a rocket scientist these days.
We didn’t miss much. Just two quick outs, then a nut runs out on the field and gets tackled by security personnel. Soriano gets flustered and walks the next two, bringing the tying run to the plate in the form of the Mets hottest hitter, Daniel Murphy. And Soriano gives up a long fly ball to right field, sending Jayson Werth to the wall, where he jumped – and robbed Murphy of a home run!
No, didn’t miss too much.
A win is a win, and Candice and I had a wonderful night together after she’s been out of town for a couple of weeks. But please, guys, don’t always make those wins come with so much drama!
More to come…