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.)
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.)
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