(Henry Rodriguez admires his work in the 9th. Screengrab via MASN/TV.)
"This one hurts...tough loss."
(Davey Johnson, via postgame interview, 5/13/2012)
Reds 9, Nationals 6: Henry Rodriguez. One day he's MPH-Rod, the next, he's SMH-Rod. 2 walks in the 9th, Joey Votto walk-off grand slam, etc.
This just in: Joey Votto is really good. 3 HRs on this day (video evidence).
Don't just blame Henry! Blame the sky! Bryce Harper loses Jay Bruce's fly ball in the hazy sky above the seats in the 8th...3 run lead gone, instant 1-run game.
Can't we just blame the umpires for not calling strike 3 on that check swing by Chris Heisey on an 0-2 count? (Nah, he didn't go. But Henry threw four straight balls to walk him.)
Oh, there's still plenty of blame pie to go around! Nats collect 16 hits. 14 LOB. At this hour, several Nats players still stranded on base in Cincinnati, reportedly missed team flight back to DC.
Nats win another series, but fall out of first place. Time for some home cookin'...