The Nats' ninth inning drought
Someone mentioned to me the other day that the Nats haven't exactly been keeping the scoreboard operators busy in the ninth inning. I finally went back to look at the numbers.
The Nats haven't scored in the ninth or beyond since June 6, a span of 16 innings. (One game went to 11, and five times they won at home and didn't bat in the ninth.)
But the late inning futility is worse even than that. Facing the White Sox at home on June 18 -- Strasburg's second home start -- the Nats pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game. They didn't score again, and haven't scored in the seventh inning or beyond since that night. That's a span of 29 straight scoreless late innings. That's not good.
(Having written this, the Nats will explode in the ninth on Tuesday night. Or maybe they'll just light themselves on fire.)
Other Nats things I've been meaning to mention:
* The Sporting News does not include Stephen Strasburg on its list of the 25 best athletes under 25. (Mister Irrelevant)
* On the other hand, Strasburg is nominated for an ESPY for "best breakthrough athlete," where he'll compete against Brittney Griner, Chris Johnson and some kid named John Wall. (Nats News Network)
* There's finally a bar/restaurant within a two-minute walk of Nats Park. It's called Justin's Cafe, and it has good beer. (Nationals Daily News)
* There were more awesome fans at the Braves game Monday night, including this guy above, and some horrific wave starters. (Nats Enquirer)
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