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Baseball’s incredible Saturday

As I write this, the Cardinals and the Mets are locked in a scoreless battle in the bottom of the 18th inning. St. Louis just had Felipe Lopez on the mound. FLop walked Angel Pagan, but otherwise got the side out.

[EDIT, 11:08 PM:] The Mets just took the game 2-1 in 20 innings. When they put Pelfrey in (a rotation guy on an off day, a real pitcher), he shut them down.

A few minutes ago, Ubaldo Jiminez just pitched the Rockies’ first no-hitter, beating the Braves 4-0.

The Pirates beat the Reds in the bottom of the 9th in Pittsburgh when, with the bases loaded, Lastings Milledge took a walk to push in the tying run; then Garrett Jones hit a walk-off single. The Reds’ closer Francisco Cordero has to be the goat of Cincinnati right now.

And I like to think that our own Nationals started the wild and crazy festivities on this baseball Saturday when Livan Hernandez pitched a complete-game shutout while his teammates put runs on the board to beat the Brewers 8-0. For a very few minutes, the Nats were tied for second-place in the NL East (with Florida and Atlanta, after the Braves lost to the Rockies but before the Marlins finished off the Phillies). Florida’s victory over Philadelphia, however, put the Marlins at 7-5, while the Nats and the Braves are sitting at 6-5, tied for third in the division.

Did you follow all that?

It feels absolutely brilliant to be a fan of a team that is right in the thick of things–albeit after two weeks of baseball. I even made it onto the scoreboard at Nationals Park today, when I urged everybody to get on their feet with two outs in the 9th and Livo on the verge of his first shutout since 2004. What a wonderful game this is!

So that’s what .500 feels like

The Nats just beat the Mets 5-2. Took the series in New York two games to one. Jim Riggleman actually made the umpires video-review a home run, so Josh Willingham got his first grand slam of the year. (Cf. Acta, Manny, April 2009, who chewed gum while the umpire crew stuck it to his team.)

Livan Hernandez went seven full innings of shut-out baseball. He even got a base hit. A great outing by the big guy.

And the Nats are at .500 for the first time in two years and two days. About damn time.

Can anybody here pitch?

With the Nats’ 8-2 loss to the Mets on Friday, the Nationals are now 1-3 for the first week of the season. A lot of people have talked this week about the Nats’ (or individual players’) paces so far. The Nats are roughly on pace to end April 6-17. This would be pretty close to their 5-16 record in April of 2009–the beginning of the ugliest Nats season so far. There go our hopes for sitting at .500 for even a single day, for the first time since April 2008.

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