Nats and Yankees Battle to Tie

Rain can be a pain in the rear at the ballpark, especially when you know there is a 100 percent chance that it will arrive sometime in the middle of the game. That means standing around in the concourse with nothing to do, not something that is enjoyable as you reach your elder years. It also means waiting around for at least an hour doing nothing when there are so many things you can get accomplished if you were not waiting around standing at the concourse, watching the deluge in front of you and the Capitals get beaten on the video board.

When the game started the sun was out. There was some hope the game would get in, but the forecast was for rain one hour after game time. There is always hope the sun will win out. Anthony Rendon lifted the spirits of Nationals fans early by lining a Masahiro Tanaka pitch into the left field bleachers to take a 1-0 lead.

The second inning was even more productive for the Nats. Howie Kendrick started the inning by one hopping the wall in left field for a double. Andrew Stevenson grounded a single past Didi Gregorious into left center to score Kendrick to up the score to 2-0. Pedro Severino lined a double into the left centerfield gap to score Stevenson and the National fans were celebrating.

The thunder started growling in the distance around the fourth inning, reminding one of Godzilla making his trek to the stadium. There was not much hope of getting this game in before the arrival of Godzilla. In that fourth inning Didi Gregorius hit a routine fly ball to left center. Matt Adams looked as if he had it covered but Stevenson wanted the ball too. They collided and the ball hopped out of the glove of Stevenson. Tyler Austin fouled a number of two strike pitches, worked the count to 3-2 and then drove a Gio Gonzalez pitch over the scoreboard into right centerfield. The Yankees had pulled to within one.

In the fifth inning the Yankees sandwiched in a Giancarlo Stanton bloop single in between two walks to load the bases with no out. They were only able to score one run on a Tyler Austin fly ball to the warning track in centerfield. The score was tied and the roar of Godzilla was getting louder. Fans were asked to move to the concourse to get away from the threat of Godzilla.

It was a game of wasted opportunities for the Yankees. In the first inning they had second and third with two out and Didi Gregorius grounded to second. In the second a Tyler Austin single followed by a Miguel Andujar double put runners on second and third with no outs. Gonzalez struck out the side to squelch the rally. The fifth saw them load the bases with no outs and come out of it with just one run.

Godzilla arrived in the sixth inning. After Aaron Judge struck out to end the inning the umpires called for the tarp. The rains came crashing down after that. It would not stop to allow the game to continue, though myworld was gone long before they called the game. Godzilla had won.

Game Notes: Aaron Judge takes a lot of pitches. This results in a lot of inactivity. In his second at bat he took all six pitches for a walk. All that taking resulted in two walks and two strikeouts…Andrew Stevenson took over in centerfield to give Michael Taylor a rest. He did not look good in center. In the third inning he did not take charge of a fly ball forcing Bryce Harper to lurch for the ball at the last second to make a catch. In the fourth he was too aggressive running into Matt Adams who had settled under a routine fly ball, resulting in a two base error and an unearned run…In the fifth inning the fans were told to take cover because of an impending storm. While the fans took cover the game went on for another inning and a half. One had to wonder what the players were thinking about when the fans were told to go to the concourse for their safety…Didi Gregorius did not look too good going for a ball to his right for a backhand play. It showed a lack of range…Aaron Hicks lost the ball in the lights in the fourth inning. He was fortunate Aaron Judge had come all the way from right field to make the catch…Gio Gonzalez had reached 110 pitches by the fifth inning. He was pinch hit for in the bottom of the fifth.

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