The bubble grew and grew, until it grew so large that it had carried Bryce Harper off the ground and up into the stratosphere. Davey Johnson had to call the Pentagon to send over a Predator drone to intercept him and drop him back down at the field. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Final Score: Nationals 3, Rays 2
Dame of the Game:
Stephen Strasburg: 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 10 K. And with that, Strasburg passed the halfway point to his 160 IP limit. That innings limit is a joke, right? Ha ha. They won’t actually shut down Strasburg in the middle of a pennant race, right? Heh. Tee hee hee. HO HO HO HO…right?
Shame of the Game:
The offense (ca. 2nd-8th innings).While I understand the sentiment of not bothering to score any more than three runs when Strasburg pitches, you could’ve at least just forfeited those at-bats after the first rather than making everyone watch seven innings of offensive misery.
This was a textbook Nationals win: Strasburg goes 7 strong, Clippard gets the save, the offense does just enough against Chris Archer but still looks horrible doing it, Bryce Harper does a foolish baserunning thing and gets away with it, Tom Gorzelanny doesn’t participate. Great stuff, great pitcher’s duel, good game all around. I don’t have much else to say about it.
Oh, I guess I do have one other thing to say about it. In the 7th and 8th innings, the Nationals faced a relief pitcher by the name of Burke Badenhop. Since he moved to the AL over the offseason, the Nats have not been seeing as much of Badenhop as they used to. Which is sad, because Burke Badenhop is the only major league pitcher who I’ve invented an entire dance for. It’s called “The Badenhop.” It mostly just involves hopping in place.
I invite you to sing and dance along with me as I hop the day away. Continue reading