MacDougal Saves Day As Nats Hold Off Cubs – The Post
Nats close out a series victory – The Wash. Times
Morgan Breaks Hand, Is Out for the Season – The Post
Morgan to miss rest of season after breaking hand – The Wash. Times
In the only day game of this year’s Wrigley Field series, the Nationals built an early lead and held on to beat the Cubs. CF Nyjer Morgan led off the game with a walk and promptly stole two bases, though Chicago fans wouldn’t be unreasonable in suggesting that he benefited from some favorable umpiring on those steals. The second came at a high price though as Morgan broke his hand stealing third. He would stay in the game to score the first run on SS Cristian Guzman‘s double (negating the need for stealing third), but did not return. The WGN broadcast said that he jammed his hand and was day-to-day which made me think to myself “oh no, he’s done for the year!” Sadly, I was right.
3B Ryan Zimmerman knocked Guzman home with a home run to center to put the Nats up 3-0 after one inning. In the second inning, Guzman knocked in his second run of the day, pitcher J.D. Martin, who had reached on a fielder’s choice. In the third, Adam Dunn hit what I think was his 40th career homer in Wrigley Field to put the Nats up 5-0. That would be it though, not just for scoring, but for hitting. Chicago stater Randy Wells settled down and did not allow a hit for the rest of his outing. The Cubs bullpen also keep the Nats hitless as the offense slowly chipped away at the lead. Home runs by Aramis Ramírez and Derrek Lee brought Chicago closer and chased Martin off the mound after five innings. In the 7th, Sean Burnett yielded a RBI single to Ramirez (run charged to Clippard), that made it 5-4 in the 7th. In the eighth, closer Mike MacDougal came in a recorded a 5-out save and the ballgame was over.
Great to win the game, but losing Tony Plush is really tough break. His arrival made the Nationals much more fun to watch, even if he gets caught stealing too much, and brought a lot more wins. How about putting him in the MASN booth for the rest of the season? He add a lot to the broadcast — especially if he did it by himself.
I was great having the WGN telecast on in the background yesterday. That’s the way its done.
Why were the Cubs wearing blue jerseys again? They should never wear them during the day at Wrigley. Maybe they should be forced to wear them at night though.
JOHN SICKLES – Washington Nationals Top 20 PRE-SEASON Prospects – Minor League Ball
A review of the top 20 Nationals prospects. It won’t make you feel good. H/T @kevin_reiss.