Nats blow Chico start, lose by a run in Pittsburgh

Six shutout innings from Matt Chico were not enough for the Nationals to tie the season series with the Pirates. Saul Rivera gave up two runs in the seventh and after a six pitch eighth, Jon Rauch loaded the bases and gave up the winning run on a sacrifice fly. Check out the lead from The Post’s gamer:

PITTSBURGH, June 29 — The frustrated fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates are scheduled to stage a walk-out at PNC Park on Saturday night, a display of protest over more than a decade of institutional mediocrity.

They might, though, have picked a more stout opponent against which to cry out, because the Washington Nationals are among baseball’s most accommodating teams right now. Friday, they lost for the fourth straight time, blowing a two-run lead and succumbing in a 3-2 decision to the Pirates that was finally decided on Jose Bautista’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth.

That Barry Svrluga can write.

More from The Wash. Times: Nats come up short

Ronnie Belliard is the new #2 hitter (The Post) while Felipe Lopez falls to 7th. Why so high for FLop (The Wash. Times) I wonder.

The first thing my wife said when she arrived home last night was something along the lines of “what are those stupid uniforms the Pirates are wearing.” Yes, the Pirates wore red sleeveless jerseys last night. I don’t know why. At least they do it on Friday night and not Sunday afternoon like the Nats. More than any other day, Sunday should be the day to wear traditional uniforms. We weren’t the only ones who noticed (The Wash. Times)

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Big11Ten officials, Spainer talk up network

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PSU prexy Graham Spainer and Jim Delany, Big11Ten conference commisioner, met with the Patriot-News editorial board as well as the State House to talk about the Big11Ten network.

When it comes down to it, the Big11Ten Network is really overplaying its hand. I think very little of its programming is appointment television, so I don’t expect to see a lot of Penn State fans with torches and pitchforks if they can’t see men’s basketball on a February Tuesday evening. The Big11Ten is sticking it to its own alumni and fans by demanding over a $1 per subscriber and insisting it be on basic cable.

The story linked here is packaged as a David Jones column, but it is straight news. I’m hoping he has a column later, perhaps Sunday.

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Cooking with William & Erica, Vol. 6: Ye Olde College Diner Grilled Stickies


My brother and his fiancée were quite eager to share with us some exciting news — Ye Olde College Diner Grilled Stickies are available in Fairfax County at Wegman’s (teh best supermarket in the world!111!). They were kind enough to buy me a small box. I figured throwing a couple on the grill would be a great way to welcome Fritz back to the States.

Grilling stickies is pretty self-explanatory. Cut them into equal sections and hope they don’t break apart.

Place them right on the grill and turn them over as they start to get toasted.

Yummy!

Photography by Fritz

Nota bene: Technically, this was just cooking with William since Erica was at work/gym.

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