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Nats take another series, beat R.A. Dickey and Mets; Lannanmas tonight

The Washington Nationals won for the 88th time in 2012 last night, defeating the New York Mets 5-3 in Flushing Meadows. On the mound for the home team was R.A. Dickey, who dominated the Nats earlier in the season and entered with 18 wins, a viable Cy Young candidate.

Bryce Harper had been 0-10 against Dickey headed into last night. He had 3 hits off the knuckleballer and singled home the final run in the ninth. MLB.com gave him the embedable video treatment:

Harper and leadoff hitter Jayson Werth started the game by going 6-6. They have both played well with that batting order.

What they should have given an embeddable video was Tyler Moore’s pinch hit two-run homer to give the Nats a 3-2 lead in the 7th.

Moore might see some more playing time with Michael Morse’s wrist ailing (The Post). ROger Bernadina is probably the first option though.


Kurt Suzuki
kept his hot streak going by driving in another run.

Jordan Zimmerman didn’t make it to the sixth inning again, going 5 innings. He only gave up two runs, but threw a lot of pitches.

Scott Hairston homered off Tyler Clippard to pull the Mets within 2, but he finished the job and earned his 31st save.

Tonight – Lannanmas! John Lannan faces Matt Harvey, who is nearing his innings limit.

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Phillies sweep Nats and I owe somebody a half-smoke (again)

Ugh, for me the 2010 Washington Nationals have officially become a lost cause. Sure, they have long since been eliminated from the playoffs, a winning record, a .500 record or taking the series against the cowardly Baltimore Orioles. The only thing I they had delivered me was a Primanti Bros. sandwich for taking the Pirates series. That’s great, maybe I will actually get to Pittsburgh next season to claim my winnings. The bragging rights I really wanted were different though and seemingly unattainable — a season series victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

One of the things I most looked forward to with the Nats being here and in the NL East was the season series with the Fleas. The Ombudsman/Cliff/Matthew character is a Phillies fan and the back-and-fourth is a convenient way to avoid ever discussing something meaningful.

During the 2005 season, when the two teams were tied with each other in the season series, I proposed the Half-Smoke/Cheesesteak Challenge — “a mayor’s bet” based on the foodstuffs of the respective cities. He declined to start it until the next full season which was fine after the two finished tied in 2005. The next year, perhaps shockingly, the regressing Nats pulled out a season series win (and just about eliminated the Fleas I think) in a rain-delayed game. Good times, especially 3 months later when I got to eat my cheesesteak at Jim’s Steaks on South Street in Philadelphia.

It has been downhill since then. This season marks the 4th consecutive year that I have had to buy a half-smoke for my friend. He claimed the first one, but he has not returned to the area since then, having moved to Boston a few years back. I have to pay up 3 seasons worth of losing off now.

Later this week The Ombudsman/Cliff/Matthew is making his first trip to D.C. in a long time. It coincides with the Fleas at Nats. I imagine I’ll pay off my bet, times 3, at one of those games.

Cliff tastes victory
He should just be glad I did not photoshop another two half-smokes in there.

Anyway, a few quick summaries of this weekend’s games:

Friday: Early lead turns into Phillies rout
Saturday: Early lead turns into Phillies rout
Friday: Early lead turns into Phillies lead, turns into Nats lead, turns into walk-off loss

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Penn State football media day video at 3:30

Oh joy, it is Penn State football media day. The biggest question will be how Joe Paterno is doing, but ones that need to be asked is what the quarterback situation is right now (two-headed I’m guess), how is the offensive line look, what about the secondary and finally, does Penn State have a deep ball threat to throw to?

You can watch the festivities on gopsusports.com, it is slightly different. less active than players running around touching cones.

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