Astros LOOGY Wesley Wright opens up the 9th against pinch-hitter and newest Nat Cesar Izturis, who singles into LF. Fellow switchie Lombardozzi follows suit, chopping a ball almost exactly to the same area and there's speed on 1st and 2nd, leading to the idea of a double steal? Bernandina's all about the bunt here and drops a beauty down the line to load up the bases with no-one out and thunder coming up. Zimmerman destroys lefties, so once again Brad Mills calls to the 'pen for a rightie, Chuckie Fick (Any relation to Robert?, yes as it turns out, Nephew of the former Nat C) Zimmerman, sac flies to LF, Izturis scores and it's 5-0 Nats
This is set up for LaRoche to put further distance between the Nats and Astros, he's facing a rookie rightie who couldn't get southpaws out in AAA. Alas for the Nats, LaRoche toe-ends a pitch straight to 2B for a 6-4-3 double play, ending a potential big inning for the Capital City's outfit.
Bottom of the 9th and it's former closer Drew Storen getting the ball, this is a sure sign the team still favours Tyler Clippard as the 9th inning stopper, he's facing RF-now-1B Steve Pearce and Pearce gets a good mornin', good evenin', good night 3 pitch K. Justin Maxwell -heavens- earns a six pitch walk and Brett Wallace has something to work with, taking a 2-1 fastball across the ground to RF for a single. J.D Martinez can now make this a save situation with one swing of the bat and Nats pitching whiz Steve McCatty looks even more hangdog than usual, putting the call in to Tyler Clippard, who begins his warm up. A potentially sticky situation is resolved when Matinez chops into a relatively routine 6-4-3 double play to end the game at Nats 5-0 Astros
And now, at exactly 0400, I'm off to bed.