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NL East standings, after the third home stand
What? A losing home stand? No thank you.
Winning three and losing four isn’t the worst thing, but all three series were disappointing in one way or another. Splitting a two-game series with the Padres was a missed opportunity. Ditto for splitting two-games against the Pirates. And losing two of three against the Orioles? Boooo!
The Friday and Saturday losses to the Os were actually pretty exciting—between the low-scoring, extra innings drama on Friday and the almost-comeback on Saturday—even though the endings weren’t what I had in mind. Thank goodness (!) for Sunday’s 9-3 adventure, including back-to-back home runs by Jesus Flores and the amazing Stephen Strasburg, who now has a .375 batting average (16 at-bats) to go with his NL-leading 64 strikeouts (53 innings pitched).
For me, both the highlight and the lowlight of the home stand was Sandy Leon’s debut against the Padres. I love major league debuts and was so happy for Leon, until I was horrified to see him helped off the field after being run over by Chase Headley at the plate. Please get well soon, Sandy.
Coming up? An important road-trip against three NL East rivals. The Phillies have been playing better, the Braves now lead the Nats by 1.5 games, and the Marlins can be pesky fish.
But I feel good about my team rising to the occasion. Let’s go Nats!
I’d say he’s back to his old self, but maybe Flores is even better. He’s been smacking the ball around the field since winter league in Venezuela, and with yesterday’s 3 for 3 performance, Flores raised his 2012 batting average to .600.
He also called a pretty good game, helping Edwin Jackson accomplish a 92-pitch, complete-game win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Photo: On April 14, Jesus Flores is 3 for 3 with a walk and an RBI, raising his 2012 batting average to .600 and his OPS to 1.292.
The right-hander threw an efficient complete game: 9 innings, 9 strikeouts, and only 92 pitches. He walked one, allowed one earned run, and added to the fun by hitting a single in the bottom of the fourth.
And to the delight of fans (and the bullpen), who had endured an extra-innings marathon the night before, Jackson took care of the Cincinnati Reds in a quick 2 hours and 33 minutes.
That was some performance.
Photos: (1) Edwin Jackson throws a complete game to beat the Reds on April 14; (2) Jackson hugs Davey Johnson after the game; (3) MASN’s Kristina Ackra interviews the player of the game; and (4) Jesus Flores and Wilson Ramos show their love and approval with a cold Gatorade shower.