Game #76 Recap: Too Close for Comfort

by: Andrea Borrelli

For a curly “W” in the books, last night’s game ended up
being a bit too frustrating as the game progressed. Two quick first innings
brought the Nationals to an exciting third, where they solidified a 5-0 lead
going into the fourth. By the 6th inning it looked like a game for
the team to be proud of, with the score at 6-0. After a late game rally by the
Diamondbacks, the game became a nail-biter with every pitch. Finally Soriano
closed the game and solidified the win with a final score of 7-5.  

Gio Gonzalez looked a shaky, as he typically does at the
start of a game, on the mound up against the D-backs top of the lineup, Willie
Bloomquist. After giving up a double, he pulled himself together and gave up no
runs through the fifth. With the Nationals’ offense not feeling the pressure to
hit that they’ve grown accustomed to this season, the bottom of the third
brought Suzuki in to score, followed closely by Span. The third inning ended
shortly after Adam LaRoche’s 11th homer of the year, which brought
in three runs and the score to 5-0.

The fifth inning brought another run for the Nationals when
Jayson Werth came in thanks to Ian Desmond’s sacrifice fly. The Diamondbacks
started to make the game interesting in the sixth, when they scored a run and then
loading the bases with two outs. A force out ended the inning.

The Nationals had three quick outs in the bottom of the
sixth, including a strike out by Gio Gonzalez, who ended up coming back in for
the top of the seventh. After allowing a runner on second, Drew Storen came in
to replace Gonzalez. After Storen walked Aaron Hill, he gave up a single which
brought in the runner Gonzalez left on second. A rookie fielding error by
Rendon brought in another runner and the seventh inning ended 6-3.

A couple of defensive switches started the eighth, including
Tyler Clippard coming in for Storen. It was a game of rocky starts for the
Nationals’ pitchers as Clippard showed when he gave up a solo home run to the
first batter he faced. He too pulled himself together and gave up no other hits
or runs for the eighth. Lombardozzi, who had come in at the top of the inning
to play second moving Rendon to third, hit a nice double bringing up Span. An
error by the D-backs brought Lombardozzi home and the score to 7-4 going into
the ninth.

Soriano came into close since the game had turned into a
save situation. He gave up one run but was still able to untuck as the
too-close-for-comfort game ended 7-5.



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