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In the fourth

Nationals' first hit was from Matt Chico. Second hit was from Felipe Lopez, breaking an 0-for-13 drought. But nothing across against Chuck James so far.

Chico allowed the first two hitters he faced -- Diaz and Renteria -- to hit sharp singles to left field. But he got Chipper Jones on a 1-4-3 double play that was a bit iffy as it was being turned, but was completed, and then retired Andruw Jones on a soft liner to left. He didn't allow another base runner until walking Renteria to lead off the fourth.

That would be a problem, because Chipper Jones just deposited a 2-2 fastball well over the center field wall. Braves 2, Nationals 0.

Elisabeth Shue: I wish there was more to tell. I really do. But here's what went down.

I was on "Washington Post Live" last night, along with the Baltimore Sun's Heather Dinich, and the plan was that when Elisabeth and her brother Andrew came on to promote their new movie, "Gracie," Heather would move off the set and I'd get to hang out and ask them questions. But Ms. Shue decided that she would bring her husband, Davis Guggenheim, who also happened to produce and/or direct the movie. (He also won an Oscar for producing/directing "An Inconvenient Truth," the Al Gore enviro film, so that's cool.)

Anyway, with this Guggenheim fellow now on board, there were only three seats next to the host, Russ Thaler, and they were all accounted for. So I got bumped. Just tossed aside.

So during a commercial break, Heather and I had to get un-hooked from the thing they put in your ear and our microphones, etc. Here came the Shues. And let me say, Elisabeth -- her brother kept calling her "Lisa" -- is a stunning looking woman. She is 44, a long way from the filming of "The Karate Kid," but she's radiant. I also happened to notice that Andrew Shue is a very nice looking man, and I had forgotten how when I was in college the girls at my school swooned over him.

Anyway, I stayed in the studio to watch them chat with Russ, and the best part came when Davis, upon watching a clip of Elisabeth, said, "You know, my wife's pretty hot." And she said, "You forgot?" I'm here to tell you that it would be hard to forget.

So after Russ coaxed a few words out of Elisabeth -- who actually seemed somewhat shy -- it was time for Heather and I to head back to the seats. And Russ was shaking hands and thanking them, and they were very nice in thanking Russ for letting them be on so long, and now I had to get hooked back up to the ear thingie and all that, and there was Elisabeth Shue walking away, and Heather stopped her and shook her hand and said something fawning, and I pictured myself going up to her and saying, "Golly-gee I really liked you in 'Adventures in Baby-sitting,'" and I completely bailed, and the Shues walked away, into the darkness, through the doors of the studio, and Russ and Heather and I were left to talk about the ACC meetings and some sherpa who climbed Everest for the 18th time, and I never met her.

Crushing, really.

Anyway, it's still the fourth, and Tony Batista hit an RBI single for the Nationals, and there are two down and runners at the corners and it's 2-1 Braves.

Sigh.

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 17, 2007; 1:50 PM ET
 
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