ERV Boxscore for May 30, vs. Atlanta
I guess they are all going to be like this, another 3-2 close win. Ohka gives the best Nats starting pitching performance in quite a while, maybe the whole year in terms of Win Value (6.80). Nick Johnson and Marlon Byrd team up on offense, and Frank earns his pay by talking the umps out of giving Jordan a home run, even though my Tivo says he deserved it. A very memorable Memorial Day.
-- I went to today's game, but was a bit distracted with the little DMs there, too (two boys, ages 6 and 4). The 4-year-old is the baseball fan, and I told him to watch "24 Nick" today (he thinks athletes are like Thomas the Tank Engine, each with a name and a number), and I think NJ made a fan for life with his doubles and fine play at first.
-- We got a ball! Thanks to a very nice little girl who got a ball from Eddie Perez, who then gave it to my 4-year-old. He gave it to my other son, who promptly threw it back to Perez. Eddie was nice enough to give it back.
-- A minor RFK complaint I hadn't noticed before: no candy! They only sell Cracker Jack and Cotton Candy. A 5th inning foray for M&Ms was futile -- but fortunately Mrs. DM brought a bunch of Smarties to allow us to make it through to the end of the 6th inning.
-- Since we left before the 7th, we were walking to the car during the Jordan confusion. Impossible to interpret the alternate cheers, boos and then cheers we heard from RFK. Speaking of cheers, unlike the Phillies and Cubs games I went to, practically no Braves fans at this game, and those that were there were very quiet. The inability of the Braves' remarkable success over the past 14 years to garner a committed following, even in Atlanta, is an interesting baseball oddity.
ERV Win: Ohka
ERV Loss: Kelly Johnson & Davies
3 Most Valuable Plays:
(1) Byrd's Double in the 6th (2.59)
(2) Nick Johnson's Double in the 6th (2.48)
(3) Kelly Johnson's GIDP in the 3rd (-1.91)
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