#17/18 Penn State Nittany Lions 59
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. —
Nats’ Robinson Bids a Fond Farewell – The Post
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, the Nats ended their season much as they began it — losing to the Mets. They also lost the home opener to the Mets, with Ramon Oritz on the hill that time too. This time, he gave up six runs in 1 1/3 innings before giving way to the bullpen. The final was 6-2, Mets.
The game of course was secondary to the Frank Robinson sendoff. Charlie Slowes led a ceremony before the game honoring Robinson. A video montage showed some of his great moments as a player and as a manager. My favorite was the shot of him arguing with Mike Scoisa from last season. The p.a. also blasted “Simply the Best” which struck me as an odd choice because if he was the best, why wasn’t he retained? Robinson then spoke for about 10 minutes before everybody began hugging each other.
Following a Chad Cordero (second at-bat of the season, I think) strikeout to end the game, “Sweet Caroline” was blasted over the p.a. which struck me as odd. That song HAS to go next year.
More from The Wash. Times: Respect comes full circle as Robinson says goodbye
Boxscore – ESPN
More from The Wash. Times: Soriano’s future still murky
Stanton Sets Up Nats’ Win – The Post
LF Alfonso Soriano accounted for all three Nats runs with a 2 run homer and a single to knock in Mike Vento. ¡LIVAN! continued his resurgence, giving up two runs over seven innings. Mike Stanton pitched a pefect eight and Chad Cordero pitched an imperfect ninth for his eighth save.
The season series is now tied again.
More from The Wash. Times: Stanton gets the job done
Most importantly though, Eischen pitched through pain, like a real man. Clearly, it worked out for both him and the team, are you paying attention John Patterson? Eischen’s injury opens the door for Bill Bray, who has been quite promising (4-1 with a five saves and a 3.98 ERA in 312/3 innings) in AAA.
Also, Jose Vidro is slumping, having seen his leading average fall like a rock off a highway overpass. He also sat out yesterday with a bad knee.
More from The Wash. Times: Surgery set for Eischen
Also, Robert Bobb and other city officials will meet with the Lerners today to make a decision about the parking garages. My guess — one will remain above ground and the other will be buried.
Fritz and I went to RFK last night for the Nationals vs. Baltimore game. The Nats lost, 9-6. P John Patterson did not look great for the Nats and the team committed two errors. It was not really great baseball, but fun nonetheless. Some observations:
Nats’ Patterson Has Climbed Hill – The Post
A profile/preview of John Patterson that was mostly written before last night’s game.