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October 1, 2016 [LINK / comment]
Fish beat the Nats again
At rain-soaked Nationals Park last night, the Miami Marlins took an early 4-0 lead, as starting pitcher A.J. Cole once again showed that he is not ready for prime time. At one point in the second inning, five consecutive Marlins hit the ball hard, four reaching base and one flying out to the warning track in center field. Dusty Baker replaced him after just three innings. Hopes soared after Anthony Rendon and Stephen Drew hit back-to-back homers in the bottom of the fourth, launching a four-run rally to tie the game. It could have been more, except that [Wilmer Difo] was tagged out at third base, the umpire's call being upheld by video review. That might have made all the difference. The Marlins scored three more runs in the latter innings, and the final score was 7-4.
Of all the rival teams in the National League East Division this year, the Washington Nationals have had trouble against only one: the Miami Marlins. [In contrast,] the Nats' head-to-head record against the Atlanta Braves is 15-4, against the New York Mets is 12-7, and against the Philadelphia Phillies is 14-5. What gives?
Average per-game attendance at Nationals Park this is is 30,656 so far, with just two more games to go. I'll be doing my part at this afternoon's game to make sure the average stays above 30,000 for the fifth year in a row. It will be the first time I have seen Tanner Roark pitch.
Cubs - Pirates game tied!
For the first time since 2005, an official Major League game was declared tied, as rain forced a premature end to the Cubs - Pirates game on Thursday. Since the outcome would not affect the postseason positions, it just didn't matter. Final score: 1-1.
Wild card update
Led by ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner, the San Francisco Giants did the Nationals a favor by trouncing the L.A. Dodgers at AT&T Park last night. If the Nats win either today's game or tomorrow's, or the Dodgers lose either today's game or tomorrow's, the Nats will have clinched the National League second-seed, with home field advantage in the NLDS. And the Mets won again, assuring that they will be a wild card team, probably with a home game at Citi Field.
But in the American League, things didn't go as well for the Toronto Blue Jays, who lost to the Red Sox. All of a sudden, the Jays are in peril of losing their wild card slot to the Detroit Tigers, only a half game behind.
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January 10, 2016 ~ Cooperstown calls Griffey, Piazza
January 17, 2016 ~ ABC field trip to Highland (& Bath!) County
January 21, 2016 ~ R.I.P. Glenn Frey
January 26, 2016 ~ Sweet Briar College is saved!
January 31, 2016 ~ Presidential campaign begins
February 6, 2016 ~ Fall bird migration season 2015
February 20, 2016 ~ Life bird: Virginia Rail!
February 21, 2016 ~ 2016 primaries: populists propel polarization
March 10, 2016 ~ Yes, another Wrigley Field update!
March 26, 2016 ~ Trump triumphs, Republican Party implodes
April 4, 2016 ~ Opening Day(s) in America, 2016! (& Sportsman's Park update)
April 18, 2016 ~ R.I.P. Alan L. Clem
April 21, 2016 ~ Flying out to So. Dak. (& back)
April 30, 2016 ~ Trump & Clinton take commanding leads
April 30, 2016 ~ Migration season reaches peak
May 7, 2016 ~ Trump secures victory; Sanders fights on
May 21, 2016 ~ ABC field trip to Reddish Knob
June 7, 2016 ~ ABC field trip to Highland County
June 9, 2016 ~ FOD [first-of-decade] Prothonotary Warblers!
June 14, 2016 ~ Birding on Hite Hollow Road
June 16, 2016 ~ Holy $#!+ -- Nationals win big showdown with Cubs
July 1, 2016 ~ Nationals sweep the Mets, widen NL East lead
July 3, 2016 ~ Kentucky Warblers, and more!
July 8, 2016 ~ Soras breeding in the Valley!
July 13, 2016 ~ Redistricting reform movement is growing
July 16, 2016 ~ The Nationals' starting rotation
August 5, 2016 ~ New page: Stadium profiles!
August 7, 2016 ~ Magical mushroom tour*
September 7, 2016 ~ To the northeast: Baseball road trip, 2016
September 18, 2016 ~ East by Northeast: Big city scenery travelogue
September 25, 2016 ~ Nationals win National League East Division
September 27, 2016 ~ Lucky! 13 warblers on Betsy Bell Hill
October 2, 2016 ~ Nationals' regular season ends on a high note
October 5, 2016 ~ Shenandoah National Park birding (II)
October 14, 2016 ~ Nationals flinch, Dodgers advance to NLCS
October 14, 2016 ~ Shenandoah National Park getaway
October 16, 2016 ~ World War II aircraft show (II)
October 25, 2016 ~ Holy cow: Cubs beat Dodgers, win NL pennant!
November 3, 2016 ~ The Cubs win the World Series!!!
November 4, 2016 ~ New month arrives, & new birds too
November 6, 2016 ~ Campaign 2016 grinds to a nasty, ugly end
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