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The Start Of A Comeback

[UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.] - The comeback falls just short. Nats lose 12-11. Jason Motte came on for the Cards in the ninth and retired Josh Willingham (K looking), Austin Kearns (5-3) and Javier Valentin (F-8) in order.


Maybe it was the signing of Josh Bard. Whatever. The Nats, starting about two innings ago, received a seismic jolt. They were down 12-1. Now, with three runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh, it's a 12-9 game.

The biggest moment of this almost-comeback happened just last inning with the bases loaded and two outs. Austin Kearns came up for his fourth at bat of the game, and St. Louis manager Tony La Russa brought in lefty Royce Ring.

With the count 2-0, Kearns blasted a high fly ball to right field. Thanks (at least a little bit) to a heavy wind, the ball kept drifting... drifting... all the way over the fence. A grand slam. Kearns crossed the plate with a wide smile -- and his second home run of the spring.

By Chico Harlan  |  March 21, 2009; 3:50 PM ET
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Chico--double check Kearns as PH...

Posted by: stantonpark | March 21, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

wait a second. the red sox cut bard before they had to pay his full salary?

cheap, cheap!!!

Posted by: longterm | March 21, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse


This looks like a "band-aid" move at the ML level - The Nats' braintrust doesn't think Montz is ready for the big-show, and Bard is in camp in case Flores can't go on Opening Day.

Posted by: BinM | March 21, 2009 3:27 PM

Posted by: BinM | March 21, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

At least the team made a scrum of it; 12-11 final.

Posted by: BinM | March 21, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Special agent Royce Ring? Sweet.

I've been out and about and the last I'd checked on the game the Nats were way behind. I like that they almost came back in three innings.

p.s. All right, Austin Powers!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 21, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

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