San Diego 7 WASHINGTON 3 (ESPN Boxscore)
Looking out the window yesterday, I wondered if they would even try playing yesterday’s ballgame. From The Post’s gamer:
A few factors went into the decision to play the game. Though the Nationals and Padres are both off today — and could have, theoretically, played a makeup game — the Padres faced a cross-country trip and, starting tomorrow, a significant series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, with whom they are battling for the National League West lead.
More important, though, was a logistical problem involving umpiring crews. The crew that worked the weekend series at RFK is due to begin a series in Milwaukee today. The crew due in to work the Washington-Pittsburgh series that begins tomorrow couldn’t make it in time to work a Monday afternoon game.
In his blog, Nats beat writer suggested they make the game up tomorrow using the honor system. If not for one event during yesterday’s game, I’d say that I wish they went that way — Ryan Zimmerman homering to the 500 level in the third inning (The Wash. Times). If I were the Nats braintrust, I’d get the yellow seat in landed in painted why as soon as possible and make a big deal about it. How about an unveiling on Wednesday?
Zimmerman didn’t have a perfect day though. He made a costly throwing error with two outs in the fifth that extended the inning. Jason Simontacchi gave up a double to the next batter and two more runs scored.
David Wells pitched five innings for the Padres to get the win. I wonder if the Yankees will go after him again.
The Wash. Times noted that the game might be considered a moral victory for the Nationals since no one got hurt. I’ll say that if everybody is still on the active roster on Tuesday.
What to do with Levale Speigner (The Post), a Rule 5 draftee? I am not the only one who thinks that the old Redskins trick of putting a player on the DL (of course in the NFL it is IR) to “hide” him is in order. The Nats may turn to AAA pitcher Joel Hanrahan (The Free Lance-Star) when Speigner’s due up again.
Thomas Boswell is back and happy with the Nats right now because Manny (Acta) being Manny will help the Nats “find out which players have the resilience to survive under the worst of conditions.” Like playing in a tropical depression. Boswell mentions “Lavale Speigner” too. I wonder if Lavale knows Levale.
The draft is Thursday (The Wash. Times). There are a lot of high picks. Jim Bowden is still the GM. Someone get me a nitroglycerin pill.