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Jordan Pacheco doubled and scored the tiebreaking run on a ninth-inning wild pitch by Tyler Clippard, giving the Colorado Rockies a 4-3 comeback victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
The NL East-leading Nationals took a 3-1 lead into the eighth, but a meltdown by their usually reliable bullpen cost them a chance to hit the All-Star break with their best record since the team moved to Washington in 2005.
Colorado's rally was fueled by Eric Young's first homer of the season and a pair of wild pitches.
The Rockies pulled even in the eighth against reliever Sean Burnett, who came in with a 1.42 ERA. Young led off with a pinch-hit homer and Dexter Fowler and Marco Scutaro singled to put runners on the corners with no outs. Michael Gonzalez came in and threw his first wild pitch of the year, allowing the tying run to score.
Colorado scored the go-ahead run against Clippard (2-3), who walked to the mound with a 1.78 ERA. Pacheco led off with a double to left, took th...
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In case you've been living under a rock and/or living outside of the convection oven that is Washington DC (say, Alaska): there's a heat wave going on in DC. Friday night, Stephen Strasburg wilted in the 96 degree heat (again). On Saturday, Gio Gonzalez earned his 12th win with 6 innings of 3 hit-ball in 101 degree heat. Tyler Clippard earned his 14th save.
After the game...
Up above: video of Bryce Harper receiving his NL All-Star jersey from Mike Rizzo on the field at Nationals Park before Sunday's game (video via NatsTown2K10).
And here's Harper, via Washington Post, on his upcoming trip to KC:
"Going home would have been pretty good. I still get to see my family out there and that’s the biggest thing. I think I’m still going...
Oh, look! There's Teddy in the RF bullpen at Kauffman Stadium in KC during the HR Derby, cavorting with a shark, a Randy Johnson, some sausages, pierogis, etc.
We've nothing else to add. Except that if there was a race, the Nationals would have fixed it so Teddy would lose again.
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Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has been scratched from the All-Star game because of an abdominal injury.
The decision was made Saturday after Desmond consulted with team doctors, management and NL manager Tony La Russa.
Desmond has been dealing with an oblique injury since mid-June. He has missed only one game this season, and having time off during the All-Star break should help...
Bryce Harper is an All-Star: Photo courtesy of USATODAY
Time to exhale for the Washington Nationals’ fans. Bryce Harper has been named to the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. After not originally getting the selection and not receiving the fans’ “Final Vote,” Bryce Harper has been announced as the replacement player for injured National League All-Star Giancarlo Stanton. It may not...
And now the Washington Nationals bandwagon has a Commander in Chief. At this rate Mr. President, you might want to consider dumping that Joe Biden fellow and going with The Kid. In the video above via KSNV TV in Las Vegas (jump to the final minute), President Obama endorses Bryce Harper, says the Washington Nationals are his second favorite baseball team now:
"We were talking...
In case you've been living under a rock and/or living outside of the convection oven that is Washington DC (say, Alaska): there's a heat wave going on in DC. Also, Bryce Harper was named to the NL All-Star team on Saturday, joining Bob Feller and Doc Gooden as the only teens in history to, like, be named All-Stars or something.
In spite of the heat on Saturday (140 degrees...
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The 2012 All-Star break is here, and Washington is four games up on the NL East. Baltimore is also second in the AL East, somehow. It’s unclear which is more unlikely, but I will take them both and always remember fondly what was one hell of a half-season of baseball.
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