(Photo of TV by Nationals Enquirer staff. Umpire Joe West celebrates his 4,000th game by tossing Jim Riggleman, shortly after blowing an obvious foul-tip by Anderson Hernandez in the 2nd that he called strike three.)
"I thought I heard the ball hit the bat. When the ball's going through the zone like that -- low and in the dirt -- you can't really see much. I thought I heard the ball and bat make contact. I'm not positive, but I thought it warranted Joe checking with the third-base umpire. He was sure with what he saw and decided there was no need for that."
(Jim Riggleman, via Nationals dot com, 7/30/2009)
Manny Acta would've just stood there. Calmly, serenely.
Brewers 7, Nationals 3: The box score says no errors, but piss poor, shoddy defense by Wil Nieves (missed tag) and Anderson Hernandez (crappy throw) dooms Nats.
J.D. Martin deserved better than his final line (6IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2HR). Put a gold star next to this: 86 pitches, 64 strikes.
Zim hits HR #19, flexes for the camera.
Much ado about nothing: The 30-year old guy with a history of back problems everyone suddenly wants to keep around for the next few years was a late scratch due to a stiff neck, firing up speculation he'd been traded. We're talking about Mr. Untouchable himself, Josh Willingham, of course!
Again, the good news is: no ground lost in the Bryce Harper Sweepstakes today.