Baseball Esoterica

September 30, 2005

Psych!

In a span of a month, Washington was involved in four crazy, almost spookily similar games.

On August 20, they couldn't solve Pedro Martinez. Meanwhile, the Mets built an 8-0 lead. As soon Pedro left after six, though, the Nats mounted a dramatic comeback to tie the game and take to extras. They promptly lost in the 10th. Sigh.

Then, 12 days later, John Smoltz and the Braves roared out to a 7-1 lead. After Smoltz left after five, still up 7-3, Washingon beat up on the bullpen again and tied the score. On to extra innings again! They then promptly lost in the 10th. Choke!

Fast forward 10 more days. That same John Smoltz and those same Braves build a 6-0 lead over these feisty (g)Nats. After Smoltz leaves, still up 6-2, the Nats, jump on the bullpen (yet again!) in the eighth and take the lead 7-6. They didn't even need extra innings this time. They promptly gave up two homers in the ninth, and lost 9-7. I mean, come on!!

Six days later, they tried a variation on the theme.

On September 17, San Diego couldn't touch Washington starter Hector Carrasco, who left with a 5-0 lead. In the ninth, the Pads came back against the Nats' bullpen and tied the game. On to extra innings! Now you know the Nats must be experts at this by now. They're figuring that it must be their turn to pull out the rug. Funny story...they give up a homer in twelfth, and lose 8-5. Scream!!!

Has another team ever experienced such unbelievable frustration? I'm not sure, but I'll try to figure that one out...

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