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Wednesday, April 27, 2005


Home Game # 9; Overall Game # 21

Well, the Nationals have won another game, and I'm now 4-3 at the games (I have not been to all the games), and the Nationals are 11-10 (5-4 at home) and tied for third in the division (the Nationals website recap of the game here).

I expected this game to be something of a pitching duel, with the best Nationals pitcher facing off against the pitcher with the most wins in the National League (Leiber). Well, Patterson ended up giving up one run in the top of the first, but the Nationals came back quickly in the bottom, scoring one run when Nick Johnson extended his games hit in streak to 16 by hitting his first home run of the season. Unfortunately, Johnson also continued his seasons where he gets injured streak by injuring himself at the plate later in the game. Wilkerson moved to first base, and non-hitting Ryan Church moved to CF. After that little fun, both pitchers shut down the offensive until the 5th inning, when Wilkerson hit the first ball into the upper deck at RFK "in 34 years", scoring Patterson (who had hit his first career double, or multi-base hit) to increase the lead to 3-1 (that link is to the ESPN recap of the game). Patterson remained in the game until the seventh when Majewski came in for the final seventh inning out.

Johnson's injury - bruise above left knee, out at least until Friday (the Nationals had Thursday off anyway).

The Nationals Loaiza (0-1, 4.74) will face the Phillies Brett Meyers (1-1, 1.71 ERA) later today at 4:35 pm at RFK. As it is something of a day game, I'm taking the day off, and once again missing a Loaiza start, the only Nationals Starter I haven't seen yet this season (of those that have started, which doesn't include Tony Armas).

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