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Getting Off The Schneid'

Brian Schneider

What a difference a day makes. Not Zach. Twenty-four hours. Taking the field this evening at Turner field in Atlanta, the Nationals were beginning to see one of those dreaded "patterns" beginning to develop. Scoring ability, while not anemic, has certainly been lacking. Outside of a few long-balls and bloop singles, the double play has been the most consistant part of the National's offense. Our boys were committed to breaking out of their slump against new Brave ace Tim Hudson.

The Nationals scored one run in the first eight innings. The only breakout that occured were the beads of sweat on the brows of many of the Nationals hitters. Thanks to a quality outing [again] by Estaban Loiaza, the game was at least close, 3-1, going into the 9th inning.

The Nationals scored three runs in the 9th inning using that same minimally coherent offense that they have enjoyed [?] all season. Two walks and a bloop single loaded the bases with no one out. A Ryan Church grounder to Chipper Jones forced a runner at the plate. One out. Christian Guzman hit a sacrifice fly to Andruw Jones in center to make the score 3-2. Two Out. Brian Schneider then stroked a 1-1 pitch into the right centerfield gap to plate the tying and go ahead runs. Following a 30 minute rain delay, Chad Codero closed the door to preserve the remarkable comeback by the Nats.

Yay! Yay! Win tomorrow and the Nats will have a winning road trip going home to play before a friendly crowd for the first time this season.

Nats Notes
The win was needed and well timed. The Nationals won as a team and continue to create a chemistry that will keep them in every game that they play. Another strong performance by Luis Ayala. Jose Vidro seems to be able to do more each day as he continues to regain his health. Look for Loaiza to be traded during the summer if he continues to pitch well and the Nats are out of contention. When is Nick Johnson going to hit his first homerun?
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