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You could catch the end of the game at home, right? And what would you see if you got there?

Perhaps the Nationals hitting with runners in scoring position. And you've seen how that movie turns out, right?

In the fifth -- leadoff double from Lopez, moves to second on a grounder from Belliard. With the infield in, Zimmerman (who is struggling) hits a grounder to second and is retired, not scoring the run, and Church ends the inning by flying to right.

That inning: 0 for 3 with RISP.

Sixth: Schneider hits two-out double, Casto grounds out to second.

That inning: 0 for 1 with RISP.

Seventh: Lou Piniella starts channeling Tony La Russa, making two double switches in the same inning. Was it necesasary? Hard to say. Did it work? Yes. One-out walk to Lopez. With two outs, Zimmerman doubles him to third. Church walks to load the bases. And Kearns -- who has that three-run homer already today -- bounces a 1-1 pitch to shortstop for an inning-ending and rally-killing fielder's choice.

That inning: 0 for 1 with RISP.

Game: 1 for 7 with RISP. That's a .143 average, which is even bad by Nationals' standards -- .183 coming into today, the worst in baseball.

On to the eighth, still Cubs 5, Nationals 4.


By Barry Svrluga  |  May 4, 2007; 4:37 PM ET
 
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Comments

Has anyone noticed that the current (i.e., up-to-the-minute, on MLB Gameday, revised as each at-bat is taken) batting average of Bergmann is .167 ... while the guy who pinch hit for him today (Restovich) is now at .148 and the guy who preceded him in the line-up (Casto) is now at .159 ?

Maybe we could get Livo back, as a pinch hitter ?

Posted by: one of Barry's Babes | May 4, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone noticed that the current (i.e., up-to-the-minute, on MLB Gameday, revised as each at-bat is taken) batting average of Bergmann is .167 ... while the guy who pinch hit for him today (Restovich) is now at .148 and the guy who preceded him in the line-up (Casto) is now at .159 ?

Maybe we could get Livo back, as a pinch hitter ?

Posted by: one of Barry's Babes | May 4, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

oops...sorry about the multiples....itchy trigger finger (and hey, Washpost.com tech staff, my "previewed" version DID NOT have 2 "gamedays" in it)

Posted by: one of Barry's Babes | May 4, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Why is the Post newspaper edition continuing to ignore the issues of Nats mismanagement raised in Ken Rosenthal's report at Fox Sports?

Is this the official policy of the newspaper? Are the Post editors protecting the Lerners for some reason?

Can't be because the Post doesn't think Rosenthal's reporting is off-base -- they invited him to do an online chat here about his findings! (By the way, can you imagine the Post bringing in a New York Times reporter to chat about his big scoop over the Post on a political issue? Hardly.)

Where is Howie Kurtz when you need him? Where is George Solomon when you need him?
Where's the newspaper's ombudsman?

Explanations, please.

Posted by: swanni | May 5, 2007 7:25 AM | Report abuse

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