WASHINGTON 5 Philadelphia 4 (13 innings) (ESPN Boxscore)

It took 13 innings and 15 pitchers (8 Nats, 7 Fleas) but the Nats earned the first win of the 2nd Annual Halfsmoke-Cheesesteak Challenge. 1 down, 17 to go.

Things were looking good for the Nats headed into the 7th inning. A 2nd inning Brian Schneider home run put three on the board and a Dimitri Young drove in Felipe Lopez in the third. Jason Bergmann was cruising along, having given up only a run through six. However, he stayed in at least one batter too long in the 7th, getting only an one out and putting to runners on. Saul Rivera would allow them to score, but the Nats still had a one run lead heading into the ninth — enter Chad Cordero. The closer couldn’t get the deal done, allowing a tying run before finishing the inning.

It seemed like Nats left about eight runners on in the 7th through 10th innings. In the 13th Lopez sacrificed Chris Snelling to finally win the game 4 hours and 16 minutes after it started or about 11 hours until batting practice today.

Nationals Go 13 Innings, Win on Lopez’s Fly BallThe Post

Nats get save for Cordero this timeThe Wash. Times

Other observations

Get well wishes go out to Joe Riley of Nationals Power. Thanks for the tickets, sir.

A Ryan Howard foul ball came into our area, about three seats away from Fritz. A guy in an Iggles hat sitting in front of Fritz got it off the floor.

The Phillies are the worst team in baseball.

Look for Phillies manager Charlie Manuel to be fired by dinnertime tonight.

Phillies fans were pretty quiet until the ninth inning.

Note to the girl in the pink top and unbuttoned low-riders — I haven’t seen that much crack since I partied with Mayor-for-Life. You would make a plumber jealous.

More articles

Phils fall to 3-10 after 13-inning lossThe Inky

Acta upset at Williams’ commentsThe Post
Jerome Williams said he has no confidence in his pitching which Manny Acta hopes was said in the heat of the moment.

Bowie Is Fine With Pitching When NeededThe Post
PAGING DR ANDREWS, DR. JAMES ANDREWS: Michah Bowie has pitched in 2/3’s of the Nationals games this year.

The anatomy of a National League lineupThe Wash. Examiner
Jim Bowden is dictating again.

A Slow Start at ColumbusThe Post
OFF BROADWAY: Larry Broadway, thought to be a contender for the first base job with Nick Johnson out, is hitting .167 in Columbus. The AAA franchise is terrible right now.

JOHN MARKONLast in the first: Nationals make slow starts standardTimes-Dispatch
A Richmond columnist notes that the Nationals lose when they give up first inning runs and are generally slow starters.

Nationals’ Acta manages his way to longtime goalThe Sun
The Manny Acta Story gets some Balmer press.

KEVIN ZDANCEWICZFor fans away from home, still no NatsThe Cavalier Daily
A Wahoo is mad that he can’t watch his team.

Author: WFY

Yet another Washingtonian pushing the ubiquitous Nats/DC sports, Penn State, commuting, bicycling, kayaking, broomball, skiing, gin & tonic agenda.

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