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The Streak remembered: Spare parts

Game 8, June 10
Nationals 9, Mariners 3
W - Ayala (6-3)
L - Hasegawa (1-2)

The final score wouldn't indicate that this was another come-from-behind win by the Nationals, but it was. They were down 2-0 and 3-1 before tying the game in the seventh on Marlon Byrd's single off of Ron Villone (who later played for the Nats, and who now toils for their Class AAA Syracuse farm team). And then, in the eighth, they blew it open -- a six-run outburst that gave them a comfortable lead, and allowed the Friday night crowd of 28,704 to celebrate the eighth straight win.

"This is what I would say is an amazing streak," Manager Frank Robinson said. "But this club doesn't amaze me."

This one was perhaps the weirdest victory of the streak. Before the game, the Nationals traded that night's scheduled starter, Tomo Ohka, to Milwaukee for infielder Junior Spivey. Ohka's departure meant Sun-Woo Kim needed to start in his place. Spivey arrived by cab from Union Station in the middle of the game -- and ended up pinch running, playing second base and scoring twice. The big blow was Brian Schneider's tie-breaking, two-run single in the eighth, and the relief corps of Gary Majewski, Luis Ayala and Hector Carrasco held the Mariners without a run.

"This has been kind of an unbelievable roll that we're on right now," Robinson said. "Who knows when it might end? We may go on it for a while."

At end of the day: 35-26, first place in NL East by 1-1/2 games over Philadalphia

I have two really good characters to profile over the final two games of The Streak -- Jose Guillen and John Patterson. And I'll be honest: I've run out of characters with whom I've already talked.

So maybe I'll use this day to just list everyone who played for that team. Yes, it's a cop-out. But I bet there's some folks you wouldn't even remember, even you hardcore people, given all the folks Jim Bowden found under rocks, etc. The injuries piled up so high, and the farm system was so bare, that there were nights you might have ended up saying, "Come on, Deivi Cruz! You can do it."

(Yeah, it's lame. Whatcha gonna do? My apologies. Here we go anyway.)

Tony Armas
Luis Ayala
Carlos Baerga
Gary Bennett
Jason Bergmann
Tony Blanco
Marlon Byrd
Hector Carrasco
Jamey Carroll
Vinny Castilla
Matt Cepicky
Endy Chavez
Ryan Church
Chad Cordero
Wil Cordero
Deivi Cruz
J.J. Davis
Zach Day
Ryan Drese
Joey Eischen
Tyrell Godwin
Jose Guillen
Cristian Guzman
John Halama
Jeffrey Hammonds
Brendan Harris
Livan Hernandez
Joe Horgan
Travis Hughes
Nick Johnson
Kenny Kelly
Sun-Woo Kim
Esteban Loaiza
Gary Majewski
Henry Mateo
C.J. Nitkowski
Tomo Ohka
Keith Osik
Antonio Osuna
John Patterson
Jon Rauch
Darrell Rasner
Brian Schneider
Rick Short
Terrmel Sledge
Junior Spivey
Mike Stanton
T.J. Tucker
Claudio Vargas
Jose Vidro
Brandon Watson
Matt White
Brad Wilkerson
Preston Wilson
Ryan Zimmerman

Yep, that's 55 players -- more than twice as many as can be on a roster at one time. (And please, I know it's a cop-out post. You don't have to remind me. A better one will land tomorrow. Enjoy tonight's game.)

By Barry Svrluga  |  June 10, 2010; 6:41 PM ET
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God, Ryan Drese. That was really from under a rock that was under a bigger rock.

Posted by: Natstoyou | June 10, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

What with the way the posts come fast and heavy - and a suspiction that the comments here to don't get seen anyway - we really need a tag for these posts so that we can have them all "collected" together...

Cop out or not, I'm very happy to have our Blogfather back for a little while.

Posted by: OldDude | June 10, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Matt White. I remember taking my father-in-law to that game. When he asked me who Matt White was, I had to admit, I had no idea.

Posted by: gpultorak | June 10, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for the Jose Guillen feature... by far my favorite Nat of all time.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | June 10, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Now, you just quit apologizing for yourself, Barry. I'm loving these posts, and I know that others are, too.

I think I'm pretty hard core, and I was rather confident as I started scrolling through the names, but there were a few that had me scratching my head - who, now? I did find this video of a random Nats fan encouraging a random Nats player:

btw, Ryan Drese always reminded me of Bobby on King of the Hill. I think it was the crew cut. :-)

Looking forward to (and at the same time, feeling just a bit sad about) the last two posts. One thing I'll say about Guillen, he was never boring.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 10, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

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