Final: WSH 2, SEA 1
The Washington Nationals finally managed to climb back up to .500 with a narrow victory against Seattle last night in a game as close as had been predicted. Ultimately hinging on errors, the Nationals’ winning runs both came off poor throws from Bedard, first a walk then a wild throw that missed the baseman. What will reassure fans in the nations capital is the ever increasing reliability of John Lannan who, since getting the Phillies monkey of his back has been terrific; he is one of those players who lets you know within his first few pitches whether or not he is going to have a good game, and last night, crucially, he started solidly.
"I knew today was a big game, you kind of felt it" stated Lannan and he couldn’t be more right; the Nationals have now achieved objective A, B is surely to sweep the series tonight with a red hot Jason Marquis on the mound, then all being well C will be to hold onto third spot in the division. That would culminate in a good season for the Nationals who have been more accustomed to the divisions basement until now, and with rumours of Prince Fielder making a move east at the end of the season, Nationals Park is fast becoming an exciting place to watch baseball.