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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Nats even series with Phillies 1-1, winning 4-2 OR Redding railroads Phils

Tim Redding is a wonder. We're lucky to have him. On Thursday night, he practically tried to win the entire game singlehandedly, pitching a wonderful game and personally driving in 2 runs.

Redding pitched 6 strong innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, walking 3 and striking out 7. He threw 61 strikes on 96 pitches (64%) and drove in the first 2 Nats runs.

The bullpen of Saul Rivera, Ray King, Luis Ayala and Chad Cordero was their usual efficient selves, allowing a total of 2 hits in 3 innings. Ray King, in particular, got 2 important outs.

Ryan Report: Church went 1 for 3 with a walk and an upper-deck homer (sec. #467) which put the Nats up 4-1, Zimmerman went 2 for 4 with a double, Langerhans did not hit, and Austin Ryan Kearns went 0 for 4. That Church homerun was absolutely crushed, it was beautiful to see.

The good hits from the Nats bats came from Tim Redding, who went 1 for 3 with that 2 R.B.I. double, Felipe Lopez who went 1 for 4, Dmitri Young went 2 for 3, Brian Schneider went 2 for 3, and Nook Logan went 1 for 3.

Being my day off, I got to the ballpark early and enjoyed being able to spend some time saying "hello" to my various friends there. Said "hi" to Rico and then Ellie upstairs. Got my Capital Q barbecue beef brisket and my beer from Howard. I was ready to go. 88 degrees and not terribly humid. Nice to see a Nats win on a Wendesday. I sure enjoyed it.

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