Through Four: O's 2, Nats 0
First, a little ode to good defense.
Let's set the stage: Corey Patterson is in center field this afternoon. In the fourth, with two outs, the Nats were already behind 2-0. Shairon Martis had two really efficient innings (1-2-3s in the first and third) and one hiccup (a two-run homer by Nolan Reimold in the second).
In the fourth, Martis was again facing Reimold. A runner was on second, two outs.
Reimold bolted a liner to the left-center gap, toward the warning track. It was the exact sort of play you only make with a perfect jump and a direct route. Take that away, and it ends up looking like a routine double -- because indeed, the ball was really well hit. But Patterson played it perfectly. He caught the ball just before he knocked into the wall. It wasn't one of those oh-my-god highlights, but a play any pitcher will be thankful for.
As a result, Martis has a respectable line so far: 4 IP, 2 R.
Meantime, the Nats are dead quiet offensively. Just one hit, an Elijah Dukes double, through four.
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