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Padres Remarkable Comeback Dooms Nats 8-5

[September 17th] -- It happens. Too bad "it" happened when it did. The Washington Nationals, one out away from winning their 5th game in a row, allowed a dramatic game tying grand slam by Khalil Greene in the 9th and a game winning 3 run blast by Ramon Hernandez in the 12th, all but ending any real hope for the Nationals to make the post season in their first year in D.C.

This morning, tired from staying up half the night and listening to the game, I am not saddened or distraught. Baseball is a game of percentages. Even the Yankees lose 3 or 4 games a year like this, so to expect the Nats of doing any better than them would be pure folly.

The Team played well all game, scoring 5 runs, two coming on solo home runs by Nick Johnson and Preston Wilson. By the time the bottom of the 9th began, I was beginning to formulate what I would write here this morning. Even with the bases loaded and 2 down, down by 4, I wasn't worried. I mean, what would the chances be of D.C. pitchers giving up TWO grand slams in three days? As it turned out, pretty good.

Chad Cordero is tiring, which is to be expeceted. This is his first full season in the major leagues, and by far and away the most innings he has ever pitched in a single season at any level. You can't get mad when these things happen; you just shrug your shoulders and look forward to the next game.

If the Nats can win today, they still have a [slight] chance for the post season, but more importantly, they can still end the season with a win total in the low to mid 80 range. Any of us would have that kind of season last fall. It hurts because Washington was sitting high atop the NL East in the beginning of July with a 50-31 record, and it has been a miserable second half for the boys.

No sweat. No worries. Now, go get the Padres!


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