The Maryland Bureau Chief Emeritus drew first blood in a duel of reverse jinx texts last night. Curses, he was one step ahead of me! His prediction of a 3-2 Washington Nationals win over the Pittsburgh Pirates was not what I had wanted to see. I replied back that the Nats would probably lose 2-1, because Jordan Zimmermann never got run support. The back and forth continued through the evening.
James McDonald struck the Nats out 11 times. He was perfect until Bryce Harper walked in the 5th inning.
Andrew McCutchen continued to be nightmare fuel for the Nats, hitting 2 home runs last night. Why do they pitch to him? At least he won’t be seen around here until the playoffs. TMBCE said if McCutchen played the Nats all season he’d hit 50 home runs. I countered that he’d hit 80. He also had a robbed Adam LaRoche (who was killing the Pirates this season) at the wall in right center.
The Nats finally got going in the 6th with back to back doubles by Jesus Flores and Stephen Lombardozzi. Ryan Zimmerman went the other way for a 2 RBI, 2 out hit. The Nats had life again! LaRoche tripled (just a few feet short of a home run) to send Zimmerman home. Then the Nats stopped scoring.
Washington had a chance in the ninth — you always have a chance against Joel Hanrahan and put two runners on. Ian Desmond struck out for the fourth time to end the game and earn the golden sombrero. He continues to be frustrating.
So, the Pirates took the season series, the Nats lost another final game of a series with a chance to sweep.
I owe TMBCE a half-smoke.
The Baltimore Orioles come down the B/W Parkway tonight for a weekend inter-league series. More to come.