(Scary stuff: Danny Espinosa got hit in the hand on the last pitch of Wednesday's game, called a swinging strike three. Screen grab of TV/MASN)
Nats drop 2 of 3 to Giants. Or, to put a positive spin on it: Nats take 1 of 3 from defending World Champs!
Giants 3, Nationals 1 (Wednesday): Strange ending. Cain dominates. Silver lining: Yunesky Maya didn't stink out the joint. Unfortunately, Sean Burnett did. Jayson Werth's $126 M left ankle is a late scratch.
Nationals 2, Giants 1 (Tuesday): All hail Jordan Zimmermann!
Meanwhile... Danny Espinosa says his hand is fine, wants to play on Thursday. Our money is on a broken hand, out until September...
And at this hour Jim Riggleman is still walking around looking for an explanation for the game's final call:
"It probably was a swing. The third base umpire had it as a swing. The home plate umpire had it as a swing. If it hit any part of the bat, then it's a foul ball. If it hits his hand - that's the explanation I was trying to get. I really never was told that the ball hit only him. You can't walk off the field. The game is over. I'm just trying to ask the umpires for somewhat of a lengthy explanation, rather than, 'It hit him,' and then they walk away. I wasn't going to argue with him. I just wanted a very clear explanation, and I didn't get it."
(Jim Riggleman, via MASNSports.com, 6/8/2011)