Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Nats Win! Nats Win!

What a delightful first victory! Zach Day cruising along for five and two-thirds (I love fast working pitchers), with some super defense in the fifth (Vinny Castilla has shown some leather so far), then suddenly we are behind. But then a comeback, just as sudden -- Guillen's homer a shock. All those balls going over Kenny Lofton's head (if the doubles didn't bounce over the fence, we'd have two more runs). Wilkerson's cycle in the midst of all, an event more rare than a no-hitter. Ayala stomping on the Phils in the eighth ( I wish he would have pitched the ninth too). And a Backward K to end it. Sweet!

Of course, some dark spots, such as Guzman, who should bat no higher than 8th. The offense is a bit overheated, with 16 hits but only 7 runs. What the hell was Wilkerson doing stealing in the first? Day's meltdown seemed to relate to him pitching from the stretch.

But in the end a great night. Now, let's win the series tomorrow!


At 9:33 AM, Blogger SuperNoVa said...

I'm not quite sure he should hit as high as eighth.

At 11:11 AM, Blogger dexys_midnight said...

Is a cycle really more rare than a no-hitter? I would tend to doubt that given that Wilkerson became the 26th player to have multiple ones and the 7th in Expo/Nationals history. Is that a stat you have seen somewhere?

At 11:14 AM, Blogger DM said...

It was circa 1990, when I first came across the stat. The offensive 1990s might have changed that. But I would still think it is pretty close.

The place to look is the Sporting News Record Book, which lists instances of both.


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