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Monday, April 30, 2007

Nats lose defensive struggle to Mets 1-0 OR a game of inches

Lately I've heard several baseball people say that baseball is a game of inches, and never did it resonate more with me than it did yesterday.

Jason Bergmann pitched another gem yesterday, holding the Mets scoreless until Carlos Beltran's solo shot in the 6th inning made the score Mets 1, Nats 0, and that's how it stayed the rest of the afternoon. Micah Bowie and Jesus Colome finished off the game well, only allowing one hit.

The Nats had their chances. They got six hits, several walks and put themselves in position to win several times, but the smothering Mets defense wasn't allowing it. A few longballs were hit, too, only to fall short. This game COULD have gone the other way - a break or two here and there and it would have. Today, the breaks beat the boys. A game of inches.

It was a gorgeous day to be at the ballpark. Sunny skies, high 70's, almost perfect.
It's a shamc to lose such a close one on a day like that. My buddy Myron and I had a really good time, despite the loss. Ate some Red, Hot and Blue pulled-pork platters, had a couple of beers from Howard, it was a great way to spend a sunny Sunday.

Rico the program vendor is now selling some Fuji cameras for $19.95, a pretty smart thing. I'm sure some folks would enjoy the chance to grab some quick photos if they've forgotten to bring their own cameras.

There was a sad moment before the game when it was announced that Cardinals reliever Josh Hancock died earlier that day at the age of 29 in a car accident. The club had a touching moment of silence for him.

Ryan Report: Church went 0 for 2, Zimmerman went 0 for 4. Sigh. At least Church is showing amazing patience at the plate. Over the past two games, I swear they walked him 6 times. That's nice to see.

Now on to sunny San Diego.

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