The Nationals beat the Phillies 9-6 tonight at Citizens Bank Park in a game that saw the two teams combine to throw 347 pitches, just 54 percent of which were strikes.
Six Phillies pitchers combined to walk nine batters. The Nats made three errors, the Phillies one.
The Nats had two runs score on bases-loaded walks and one run score when a third strike went to the backstop for a wild pitch. This was not textbook major league ball.
“That was an ugly game. One of the uglier ones I’ve seen,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. “Gio (Gonzalez) had a real rough start, threw a lot of pitches and he hung in there, but it was sloppy behind him. That’s not the way you win pennants, I’ll tell you that. I’ll tell you. We squeaked it out.
...Overall, these were the type of mistakes you don’t normally see a team making this late in the season, something Johnson is well aware of.
“I mean, we we’re a young team last year and we were in a pennant race and we handled it all right but we still aren’t out of it,” he said. “We’re just not handling things as, it’s individuals. We have a few cracks in the dam. I need to plug ‘em. I’m running out of fingers.
All that said, a win is a win is a win.
“As ugly as it was, it sure was delightful to win,” Johnson said.
Posted: September 04, 2013 at 07:17 AM | 4 comment(s)
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