By the end of the day we were a well beaten team. Giving up an early 2 run homer we had come back in the fifth through a Camargo 3 run blast to dead center(6 for 35 as a RH hitter!). Sam gave it back quickly so we were tied at 3
As it was to turn out there was no more scoring until the 14th. What transpired during that scoreless marathon though was increasingly indicative of the Nat’s superiority from the pen aided, many will say, by Snit’s choice of hurlers. We had some good ones too,- Carle, Moylan, Minter and Biddle all somehow survived damage, Biddle impressively so. He held out for a worthy 3 full innings with only one hit and an amazing 8 strikeouts which tied a Braves record set 47 years ago.
McCarthy BTW did a perfectly good job as the starter giving up nothing but an early 2 run homer to Taylor.His final line 6 IP, 4 H, 2R, no walks, 7 K’s. Fine – starting pitching is not our real problem is it.
Then the farce started with our hitters who, the scores tied, went to the plate hitless a further TWENTY TWO TIMES. Dear me, awful but also indicative of the excellent Nats bullpen.
Our pitching come-uppance came in the top of the 14th in the person of Sockolovitch. For 8 innings our bullpen and Snit had somehow managed to keep the door closed. Not this time though, it was easy pickings.
Then came the 14th, both teams running out of players. It was pretty obvious by then also we were going to lose(22 in a row etc). . For 8 innings our bullpen and Snit had somehow managed to keep the door closed. Not this time though, it was easy pickings.They enterprisingly pinch hit with Scherzer to start the innings. Needless to say he singled and was soon standing on third after a double followed him over. He ran like hell. And a few seconds later he scored **. A second garbage run followed, we dutifully went down in about 60 seconds and that was that, game over.
**Albies could well have prevented the runner reaching third but badly botched the relay throw coming in. He had an awful game at the plate, he is very, very tired, needs a week off. With Acuna hopefully back in LA maybe we could leave Ozzie behind to rest. Do it, or something like it, now.