Tuesday, June 01, 2010
The Gift Horse Was There For The Taking
Our Washington Nationals had apparently stolen a victory. A come from behind win over The Houston Astros tonight at Minute Maid Park that, if you watched the first eight innings, Washington really had no right to win. They had not played well. Then after Houston Closer Matt Lindstrom blew up on the mound and gave up the lead in the top of the 9th by allowing two runs--D.C.'s Closer, Matt Capps, returned the favor in the bottom of the 9th allowing a two out, two strike single to left field with the bases loaded to Lance Berkman that ended this game.
Another evening in which Washington committed a key error at the most inopportune time when Ryan Zimmerman, for some reason, attempted an Ole' scoop of a Pedro Feliz routine ground ball leading off the bottom of the final frame. An unusual miscue for The Z-Man in that he did not get his body in front of the ground ball. A mistake that put everything in motion for Washington's latest defeat.
Now you could argue later that Lance Berkman should have struck out on a checked swing moments before he singled home those game winning runs off Capps in the bottom of the 9th. A potential game ending "K" that 3rd Base Umpire Bill Hohn would not call. But you could also argue that "Cardiac" Capps should not have come right back with the exact same pitch, in the exact same location on his next toss. The perfect spot for Berkman to fling his bat at and lace into left field to win this game.
The saying goes: "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth." Well Washington did and it cost them--dearly.
Final Score from Minute Maid Park where games don't get much more frustrating than this one: The Houston Astros 8 and Our Washington Nationals 7. This was the most deflating loss of the year to watch because Our Washington Nationals had been handed a victory they had no right to win. Then promptly gave The Curly "W" gift right back to The Houston Astros thanks to some more poor game execution. And to think, Washington even got lucky in the bottom of the 9th when Houston's Corey Sullivan pinch hit and drove a double off the left-centerfield wall. A sure game tying drive that somehow found Pedro Feliz not scoring from second base.
The Gift Horse Was There For The Taking in the 9th frame and Our Washington Nationals didn't take full advantage to win. One of those losses that you just lose sleep over--that haunt you--knowing the outcome should have been so much better.
Tonight's In Game Photo--David J. Phillip (AP)