|Alex Brandon (AP)|
Working the caseload, the Five-O staff had figured out every puzzle piece The Brew Crew threw their way.
Like any good detective, Danny Espinosa used some brawn and then his brain--a deadly combination this day.
But Danno wasn't the only contributor, just the most outstanding.
That was some good police work.
Playing solid defense (not a single error today), getting quality pitching, and for the first time all season--clutch hits, D.C.'s team played their finest day of baseball, so far, of the 2011 season.
Commander McGarrett proudly stating at the end of each Curly "W" today: "Book'em Danno!"
Game Notes & Highlights
Speaking of LaRoche, he made quite a few nice in the dirt pickups of baseballs thrown his way by Washington's Infield today. The quality of defense not seen consistently by a Washington 1st Baseman since Nick Johnson regularly manned the bag in the Nation's Capital.
Speaking of Espinosa's three run homer in the 1st Game, the sight of Milwaukee's Mark Kotsay running back toward Washington's Bullpen, with his glove hand high in the air, attempting to catch the drive was almost as good as the home run itself. From the crack of the bat, that ball was driven off Gallardo--a no doubter. Yet Kotsay believed he had the baseball in his sights and never gave up on it until he hit the fence. Credit for effort and thanks for making the game turning moment even more enjoyable.
By the way--just like The Brewers's Craig Counsell (playing for Arizona) stood at home plate on April 14, 2005 to take the first kick and pitch from Livan Hernandez at RFK Stadium--to be remembered forever--Kotsay was the centerfielder for Atlanta immortalized by Charlie Slowes on March 30th, 2008 when he attempted to track down Ryan Zimmerman's game winning home run in the bottom of the 9th on Opening Night at Nationals Park. One of the greatest home run calls in Nationals history.
Later the mascots took out the Unracing Sausages which featured one of the greatest body slams in Presidents Race History when Teddy flat out NAILED one of the sausages with an aerial worthy of the WWE.
Both the Homestead Grays Bar and the Nats Bar remained open--nothing else did. Thankfully, the Flippin Pizza folks realized fans staying for Game Two wanted food, and reopened almost immediately when people started lining up. As for the Anacosta Station, the Nacho Stand and The Carving Station on the 1st base side--not until just a few minutes before the start of game two.
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