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8/15/07 "All the Way-Way, From Phil-Phil-Lay-Lay..." - Black Thought, of the Roots.

     Game two of three with the Phillies from Philly. Washington welcomes their NL East rival to RFK Stadium in DC. Tim Redding (1-3, 2.86 ERA) on the mound against Phillies right hander Kyle Kendrick (5-2, 3.75 ERA). Tim Redding gets a pop, a strike and a groundout to retire the Phillies in order in the first. Rookie Philly hurler Kyle Kendrick has little trouble with the first three Nationals.
     Austin Kearns beats out the second half of a double play, moves to second when Ryan Church walks, and moves to third when Brian Schneider grounds to first and beats out the toss from Ryan Howard to the covering pitcher. Bases loaded, one out. Howard robs Nook Logan in the next at bat sliding in foul territory to catch Logan's foul ball. It'll be up to the pitcher Tim Redding. Redding takes a high fastball and blasts it through third for a two-run double and a 2-0 Nationals lead.
     Jayson Werth cuts the lead in half with one swing in the top of the third, sending a hanging curve over the the left field wall. 2-1 Nationals after two and a half. Ryan Zimmerman hits a double with one out in the Nationals third. DY is absolutely robbed by the balls-out effort of Aaron Rowand who tracks the DY's blast to center and crashes into the wall as he catches it and quickly turns to throw in to second trying but failing to get Zimmerman. Austin Kearns grounds out to third. 2-1 after three.
     Still 2-1 Nationals after five. Redding and Kendrick are tearing through the batters. Redding strikes out Kendrick with an inside fastball for his seventh K of the evening, and the first out of the sixth. Redding issues a one-out walk to Jimmy "J-Roll" Rollins. Tadahito Iguchi pops out to DY at first. Pat Burrell walks on four straight balls. Ryan Howard up with two on, two out. Howard grounds into the dramatic shift, and Ronnie Belliard plays it on the left field grass and throws to first to end the top of the sixth.
     THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!! THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!!! Leadoff double for Ryan Zimmerman to start the bottom of the sixth. DY singles to left. Zimmerman to third. Austin Kearns grounds into a double play, but Zimmerman scores. 3-1 Nationals. Ryan Ch-Ch-Ch-CHURCH takes a 1-0 offering deeep to left and GONE! Upper Deck!! Three rows back in the right field stands above the outfield wall for a massive blast and a 4-1 Nationals lead. Say good night, Kendrick. "Good night, Kendrick!!"...
     ...A blue-gloved Jose "Table" Mesa's on in relief, and he gives up a single to Schneider. Nook Logan bounces one of the fencing in the left field wall for a two-out double. Mesa bends an unfair curve in on Redding to end the sixth. 4-1 Nationals.
     Redding walks Aaron Rowand in front of Wes Helms in the top of the seventh. Helms grounds up the middle, and Belliard barely fields it, and tosses short of second. Both runners safe. Manny Acta, Nationals Manager has seen enough. Redding's replaced by Saul "Sa-ool" Rivera. Jayson Werth walks to load the bases. Philly catcher Chris Coste singles to right to score Rowand. 4-2 Nationals. Russell "Posin'" Branyan will face a new pitcher. Ray King. King vs Branyan. Lefty vs Lefty. King gets a swinging K from Branyan. "J-Roll" goes down swinging at an outside breaker. That's all for King. Luis Ayala will face Tad Iguchi. Iguchi grounds to short, Felipe Lopez flips to Belliard for the inning-ending force at second. Stand up and stretch...
     Luis "Set-Up" Ayala's back for the eigth. Pat Burrell stares at strike three down the Beltway. Ryan Howard stares at a slider on the outside edge of the plate. Rowand singles. Wes Helms flies out to center. Wait for it...
     Chad Cordero enters the game in the ninth with a 4-2 Nationals lead. Cordero is sporting the sharp home whites, red Nationals cap, white cursive "W" stitched above a brim as flat as the still waters of National Mall's Reflecting Pool. Jayson Werth swings through an outside fastball. 1. Chris Coste flies out to Kearns in right. 2. Greg Dobbs pops up at the plate, Schneider's got it! 1,2,3 Nationals win. 4-2 Final.  

Nationals now 55-65.

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