8:29 p.m. – And Murphy works a walk. And we have yet another pitching change. We’re now 3 hours in and only in the 7th. Playoff baseball takes soooo…. long.
8:33 p.m. – Harold gets it wrong…again. Just after saying that Murphy won’t run, he does. Bummer though – Murphy is thrown out. And no, Tom, the aggressiveness didn’t blow up on Dusty. It just didn’t work out this time.
8:39 p.m. – “Official payment partner” of the NFL. What the devil is a “payment partner?” I guess for Visa, it sounds better than “blood sucking, high hidden interest rate, debt machine.”
8:42 p.m. – Jayson still has a little bit of speed. Great catch! And we’re on to the bottom of the 8th. Let’s get a couple of runs, Nats!
8:50 p.m. – No one is complaining about the Dodger closer coming in during the 8th inning to get 5 outs, but in typical FOX fashion the announcers act like it is a YUUGE deal. It isn’t.
8:53 p.m. – Clint shoots the ball down the left field line for a two-out double. Okay, Chris Heisey, let’s get that R.I.S.P. in.
8:58 p.m. – Heisey swings at ball 4 and then watches strike 3. Oh well…top of the order up in the 9th, and maybe the closer will tire.
9:01 p.m. – Dusty calls on Melancon. He’s not getting the Showalter treatment for leaving his closer in the pen. Strikes out the first two batters he faces.
9:09 p.m. – And Melancon – as he sometimes will – gets into a jam. But, as is usually the case, then he gets out of it. On to the bottom of the 9th with the top of the order. Let’s get that win, Nats!
9:17 p.m. – That was a wicked pitch to Turner. Only two outs left to play with.
9:20 p.m. – Harp…go the other way. He doesn’t, and now we’re down to our last out and FOX is reading the credits.
9:24 p.m. – Classic Werth battle….But Jansen finally gets him and Dodgers get it done 4-3. Bullpen came through for both teams, but Max’s initial hole was just a little too big.
Oh well, there’s still tomorrow. That’s a wrap.
More to come…