Washington Nationals Blow Late Lead, Drop Two Of Three To San Francisco Giants, 5-4.

Today's Top 5: 

5. SHAKE N BAKE!! SHAKE N BAKE!!! Adam Dunn takes a two-out 86mph first-pitch "fastball" from Giants' lefty Barry Zito deeep to right and into the "Arcade Seats" for a solo shot (Dunn's first hit in 8 at bats vs Zito) and a 1-0 Nats' lead in the first inning of the rubber match between Washington and San Francisco. After Nats' right-hander Craig Stammen gives a run back, the Hammer Josh Willingham hits what's just the third HR of the year Zito's surrendered for a 2-1 Nats' lead in the second. Alberto Gonzalez, given a spot start by Nats' Skipper Jim Riggleman, comes through with a one-out double after Hammer's homer and after a walk and sac bunt he scores on a throwing error by Pablo Sandoval on a grounder by Justin Maxwell to put the Nats up 3-1 after an inning and a half...

4. Stammen Gives Back: After Adam Dunn's HR in the top of the first, a one-out single by Freddy Sanchez and back-to-back-two-out singles by Aubrey Huff and Juan Uribe result in the Giants' first run, 1-1. The Nationals take the lead back in the second, with Hammer's HR and the run-scoring groundout by Maxwell, but a low fastball on the first pitch of the fourth ends up a HR by Huff that makes it 3-2 Nationals after four innings. 

3. Mad Grounders Though: Stammen's lifted in the seventh, after the inning starts with a tough error by Adam Dunn on a hard-hit one-hopper by John Bowker that gets by the future Gold Glove first baseman. Bowker takes second on a wild pitch by Stammen, and third on a groundout by Bengie Molina, before he scores on a Nate Schierholz single off Nats' lefty Sean Burnett, who replaced Stammen after Molina's groundout, 4-3 DC. Stammen's Line: 6.1 IP, 5 H,  3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 HR, 85 pitches, 50 strikes, 15 groundouts, 15 groundouts and 2 fly ball outs by the Giants' batters he faced...

2. Dunn Gets Robbed!! Adam Dunn appears to have hit his second HR of the game as it bounces off the top of the brick wall in right, but upon further review it's ruled a double. (In-core-ect-lee). Replays showed it bouncing off whatever it hit and back into the outfield, everyone watching thought it was out, but it's not ruled to be. Ryan Zimmerman's walked to load the bases with Justin Maxwell on third and Dunn on second, and a sac fly from the Hammer, Josh Willingham, scores Maxwell and gives the Nats a two-run cushion at 4-2 after the top the seventh. 

1. Things Fall Apart: It starts with the error by Dunn on Bowker's grounder in the bottom of the seventh, and Nate Schierholz's one-out RBI single, then, when Sean Burnett's replaced Stammen and allowed the inherited run to cross, and it's 4-3 DC, he allows two of his own, with Andres Torres doubling Schierholz over to third so Freddy Sanchez's two-run single off Nats' righty Tyler Walker scores both of Burnett's runs and puts the Nationals down 5-4 to the Giants. 

• Miss The Game? The DC Faithful Were Watching...

• Comment Battle Royal:

Num Name Comments
1 Soul Drummer - 165
2 Patrick Reddington - 87
3 RobBobS - 49
4 Berndaddy - 29
5 Princess Jazzy - 28
6 Miss B - 24
7 Dave at Nats News Network - 21
8 FanSince05 - 18
9 martins - 15


Line Of The Day: "For the most part, I hate bunts." - Princess Jazzy.

Giants win, 5-4 final. 

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