We drove down to Virginia today to start the southern swing of the Great American Ballpark tour. RFK was very easy to get to and very easy to find our excellent seats. We were 200 level along the first base side in the outfield. My friend Dan and his friend Brad got seats to the game one section over. I went over to talk to them before the game and spent the middle innings in the row in front of them. What a great game this was! Both Pedro and Loaiza had their stuff tonight, but the Mets couldn't muster any offense to help out Pedro. Pedro finished the game with 6 strikeouts and Loaiza with 8. The Nationals scored first in the second inning and it stayed 1-0 for most of the game. It was very fast paced with only 10 of Pedro's first 42 pitches being balls. In the 7th inning the Nationals scored 2 more runs to make it 3-0, but the Mets tried to rally in the top of the 9th. Cliff Floyd started out with a single. Then Piazza struck out. Marlon Anderson (who had a good day at the plate) then came in and singled, moving Floyd over to third. David Wright came up with a clutch single to score Floyd, then moved to second on a throwing error by Guillen. Jose Reyes grounded out to first (but made it close with a head-first slide) scoring Anderson and sending Wright to third. The Mets put Daubach in for Chris Woodward (who struck out three times in the game) but he popped it up for the final out.
Final score: Nationals 3, Mets 2
NOTE: these summaries may appear in the morning for the next couple games due to the time we get back at night
Posted on the old blog 7/06/2005.