Nats seemingly unmotivated by Riggleman ejection, lose to Brewers

Riggleman, Nationals Strike OutThe Post
Nationals left with a split decisionThe Wash. Times
Umpire Joe West celebrated his 4,000th game by giving the visiting Nationals a hard time. In the 3rd inning, West called a third strike on what interim Washington manager Jim Riggleman though was a foul tip. West could not be bothered to appeal the call to the third base umpire, so Riggleman took upon himself to do so, resulting in his first ejection. That and a Ryan Zimmerman three run homer in the 4th inning were the only highlights of another frusturating loss, the second in a row in Milwaukee.

Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo benefited from West’s “travel day strike zone” recording 11 strikeouts on the day, many of them with the Nats batters caught looking. The Brewers offense tagged starter J.D. Martin for 5 runs, though poor defense, the kind that doesn’t show up as errors, hurt Martin’s cause in the sixth. He did throw over 60 of his 80+ pitches for strikes. Two of those pitches wound up over the fence though, accounting for the first three Milwaukee runs. Final score 7-3.

The Nats move on to Pittsburgh and I made it through the whole Brewers series without Milwaukee pop culture references. If the sample size generated from my Facebook friends is valid, the Nats will apparently be greeted by a fairly sizable contingent of fans making the trip from Washington when they play in the Steel City. I won’t be one of them — I was thinking about it, as I have for the previous five seasons, but my wife has plans in another part of Pennsylvania tomorrow, so the Pittsburgh trip is out. One of these years! It is just as well, as a I am sick of Pennsylvania anyway.

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