Nationals, Game 6: Nationals 5, Marlins 3 (11 innings)

2011 April 8
by Don Hammack

Record: 2-4. Standing: 5th, 3 GB. Streak: W1.


Feeling good: For finally beating the Marlins. That almost never happens. Literally. The Nats had lost seven straight to Florida, and a mind-boggling 41 of the last 55 meetings. Also, Tyler Clippard was the nuts in the sixth, entering with runners at second and third and nobody out. He got a groundout allowing a run, then two strikeouts, throwing 10 strikes in 11 pitches. That started a stellar night for the bullpen, which didn’t allow a run in the next five innings, striking out six more batters and allowing just two hits.

Feeling bad: Nothing really. Didn’t you read? 14-44. Any win is a good win in that joke of a ballpark near Miami. (And is the new ballpark they’re building down there going to have a capacity of 5,000 to fit in all their regular fans?)

Feeling shame: Danny Espinoza tried to steal third in the top of the 10th and got gunned down. There were runners at first and second with one out and the top of the order up. Yeah, not real smart.

Nationals or Natinals: Big “O” today.

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