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8/29/07 "No, We Don't Cheat. And Even If We Did, I'd Never Tell You." - Tommy Lasorda

     XM 185 for the 3:10 Eastern start of the finale of the three game series between Washington and Los Angeles...Dodgers ace Brad Penny retires the Nationals in order in the first on seven pitches as Penny continues his Cy Young caliber season...

     ...Matt Kemp crushes a two-out offering from Nationals starter Shawn Hill, Nook Logan tracks Kemp's hit to the wall and closes his glove on a scoreless first inning...Austin Kearns singles to start the second, and Ryan Church follows suit with a single through the right side of the infield. D'Angelo Jimenez flies out bringing up Robert Fick. Fick singles down the line in right to score Kearns. 1-0 Nationals...Jesus "The Future" Flores lifts a broken-bat single to left to score Church from third. 2-0 Nationals...Nook Logan singles in two more, 4-0 Nationals on 5 hits off Penny...

     ...Russell Martin, Future MVP, takes Shawn Hill deeeep for a two-run blast that cuts the lead in half. 4-2 Nationals..."The Double Machine" Ryan Church hits a two-out double in the third to score Felipe Lopez after Lopez had singled and moved to second on Ryan Zimmerman's walk. 5-2 Nationals...

     ...James Loney hits a two-out single to center to score Luis Gonzalez from second and make it 5-3 Nationals after four...

     ...Penny continues to struggle, walking Nook Logan to lead off the fifth. Felipe Lopez grounds into a force at second, but there's no chance of a double play. Lopez steals second off Penny. Ryan Zimmerman? RBI single to center, Lopez scores from second and it's 6-3 Nationals. Penny out after 5.0 innings, 8 hits, 6 runs, 2 walks, 1 K...

     ...Shawn Hill drops a strikeout curve on Mark Sweeney, who pinch hits in the top of the fifth in place of Penny. Hill sinks a fastball inside on Rafael Furcal, buckling Furcal's knees before it breaks back for strike three. Juan Pierre doesn't fair any better grounding weakly to second, Hill covers first, and has the lead through five. 6-3 Nationals.

     Robert Fick homers for the first time this season and he does it in Dodger Stadium, the Park of his childhood imaginings. What a treat for the hometown boy made National. 7-3 Nationals. Jesus Flores doubles to left off Dodgers lefty Mark Hendrickson. Nook Logan lifts a two-out single to center to score Flores from second. 8-3 Nationals.

     After giving up a single and a walk to Jeff Kent and Luis Gonzalez with one out in the sixth, Hill starts stalling, waiting to give someone time to warm up. Felipe Lopez juggles a grounder from Russell Martin and everyone's safe as the bases are loaded in the sixth. Lefty James Loney lines through Fick at first, and clears the bases with a double. 8-6 Nationals. Now Hill is done...

     ...Luis Ayala on in relief, and the Dodgers tie it when Shea Hillenbrand takes Ayala deep to left center for a two-run blast to make the score 8-8 after six innings of play. Dodgers righty Rudy Seanez hits Kearns on the elbow and Grady Little pulls him for Joe Beimel. Ryan Church singles of Beimel. D'Angelo Jimenez scores Kearns with a single to center. The Nationals take back the lead. 9-8 Nationals after the top of the seventh. Stand up and stretch...

     Matt Kemp takes an 0-1 fastball to right...Kearns tracks it, feels for the wall, jumps, it's...GONE! 9-9 ballgame. Jeff Kent doubles into the left field corner. Jesus Colomb, as the Dodgers PA guy calls him, Jesus "Everday" Colome  as he's known to Nationals fans, is on in relief. Ramon Martinez lays down the sac bunt to move Kent to third. Russell Martin chases an outside slider for the second out of the inning. Colome pulls something...

     ...The Tallest Pitcher in MLB History will replace "Everyday." Jon Rauch will face James Loney with Kent standing angrily at third. Loney pops out to the catcher. 9-9 after seven innings of baseball.

     "The Baby Bull" Jonathan Broxton gives up a single to Jesus Flores to start the eigth. Dmitri Young will pinch hit for Rauch. DY grounds out weakly, Flores moves to second. Nook Logan swings through a fastball. Felipe Lopez strands Flores when he grounds out to second.

     Chris Schroder retires the Dodgers in order in the eigth. Takashi Saito starts the ninth against Zimmerman. Zimmerman swings through a 99mph fastball upstairs for a swinging strike three. Kearns tries to hold up as strike three from Saito bends away from his bat. "The Double Machine" Ryan Church hits a two-out single. Saito pops up Jimenez to end the top of the ninth. Chris Schroder starts the ninth against Juan Pierre. Pierre lines out to center. Matt Kemp grounds out to short. Jeff Kent works a two-out walk. Olmedo Saenz goes down swinging. 9-9 after nine.

     Scott Proctor takes the hill for the Dodgers in the tenth and gets the first two outs bringing up The Professional Pinch Hitter Tony Batista, who gets as far as the warning track with the last out of the inning. The Flat-Brimmed Closer Chad Cordero will work the tenth. Leadoff walk to Russell Martin brings Loney to the plate. Loney pops out the sac bunt attempt. Martin gets caught in a run-down trying to take second. Hillenbrand drops a single into left. Cordero gets Ethier to ground out to end the tenth. 9-9.

     Proctor's back with a scoreless eleventh. Three up and three down for Cordero in the bottom of the frame. Proctor's back for the twelfth. Ryan Church walks with one out in the inning. D'Angelo Jimenez singles up the middle, and Church doesn't hesitate taking third. Fick grounds into the inning-ending double play. 9-9 middle of twelve.

     Saul Rivera gives up a leadoff single to Jeff Kent in the Dodgers twelfth. Eric Stults tries to lay down the sac bunt, but strikes out instead. Russell Martin doubles to right. Kent moves to third. First and third, one out. James Loney is given the intentionals. Shea Hillenbrand flies to right, Kearns has a chance...the throw's there, Kent slides in just under the tag, "SAFE...SAFE!!!" the Ump calls it!! DODGERS WIN!!! 10-9 for the sweep.

Nationals now 58-76.