By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director
Last night the Nationals won one of the craziest suspended games in recent memory. Washington’s 11-10, 11-inning victory over the Houston Astros featured fun facts not many games can deliver.
The game was first played on May 5 in Washington. Trailing 10-9 in the top of the 9th, Geoff Blum hit a sacrifice fly for Houston that scored Hunter Pence from third. The game went into extra innings. Knotted at 10-10 in the bottom of the 11th, the rain caused the contest to be suspended, leaving the Nationals at-bat with a runner on first and one out.
Ironically the two teams continued the suspended game last night in Houston with Washington as the home team. Elijah Dukes was supposed to be the runner on first, but he was down in the minors. Nyjer Morgan pinch-ran for Dukes when he wasn’t even a National on May 5. Morgan went 1-for-5 that day for the Pirates. Who was Morgan traded for? Joel Hanrahan. Pittsburgh and Washington made the trade on June 30.
Back to the game, Josh Willingham singled, moving Morgan to second. Josh Bard batted in Joel Hanrahan’s spot. Bard hit a taylor-made, double play ball to the second baseman Jeff Keppinger. Keppinger threw the ball to shortstop Miguel Tejada for the out at second base, and then Tejada air-mailed the throw over the head of first baseman Lance Berkman, allowing Morgan to score the winning run.
Let’s put everything in perspective.
– Washington was considered the home team in Houston’s Minute Maid Park.
– Nyjer Morgan scored the winning run when he wasn’t a National at the start of the game.
– Joel Hanrahan was the winning pitcher, and he doesn’t play for Washington anymore. He was sleeping when the game ended, resting up during Pittsburgh’s off-day.
– It only took two batters to end the game.
Has something like this ever happened?
Actually, yes. On July, 19 1975, the Yankees had a similar walk-off win against the Twins at Metropolitan Stadium exactly one week after the game first started at Shea Stadium. (The Yankees played their home games at Shea Stadium from 1974-1975.)
Washington and Houston played again after the suspended game, and the Astros took that one 9-4.
WSOE Sports Director