Our final game. We got to Philly from my brother’s place about 4:30 Friday afternoon. We then stopped at Geno’s for authentic Philadelphia cheese steaks. Mmmmm….they were good. Got to the ballpark about 6:15 and found our seats right away. We were in left field about ten rows back. Good seats and another nice park. Washington jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, putting Philly behind the eight-ball. They closed the gap in the 5th inning to 5-3, but then Carlos Baerga hit a 3 run homer in the 6th inning to make it 8-3. Philly wouldn’t die, though. In their half of the sixth, they got to Nationals starter Drese and reliever Eischen to score 2 more runs. Louis Ayala came in to relieve Eischen and gave up 2 more runs to cut the Nationals lead to 8-7. Philadelphia may have been able to score more than 4 in the inning, but Burrell was thrown out at the plate after Kenny Lofton scored the Phils' 7th run. Philly had a couple more deep shots, but they all were caught at the wall or fell just inches short of a home run.
Baerga’s homer may have been the closest ball hit to us all week (even though we mostly had seats along the foul line). Like I said, we were 10 rows back from the field, and his homer landed in the first row of the section to our immediate right. It barely made it out, hitting some guy’s empty beer cup and causing it to flip 3 feet in the air. The only other close ball was the first game in RFK where a ball landed a row or two back in the section to our right.
Final score: Phillies 7, Nationals 8
Posted on the old blog 7/08/2005.