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Fireworks Sparkle but NATS Fizzle at IIE Ballgame Outing

We sold all our tickets and raised $216 for the IIE Mundel Memorial Scholarship on a good night for baseball at Nationals Park on Friday, May 7, ending with a fireworks show after the game.

The Washington Nationals opened the IIE Ballgame outing two games over .500 and unaccustomed to their second place position in the standings. The NATS took a one-run lead twice, but eventually succumbed to the Florida Marlins, an Eastern Division rival, in a well-pitched game hindered by two errors by both teams. Washington’s starter, Craig Stammen, lasted until the seventh inning, when he gave up his only earned run, a game-tying homer by Jorge Cantu. He was relieved by Brian Bruney, who subsequently allowed two runs in the eighth inning for the Marlins 4-2 win.

Two costly NAT’s errors

The Nationals’ two errors cost them two unearned runs, while the Marlins errors caused none. The Nationals scored a run in the first inning when the Marlins failed to complete a double play on Josh Willingham’s ground ball with one out and the bases loaded. But the Marlins came right back in the second inning with an unearned run on a two-out double by Cody Ross following shortstop Ian Desmond’s error on a hard hit grounder that should have ended the inning. Ryan Zimmerman put the NATS back on top 2-1 in the sixth inning with a solo home run, Zim’s fifth homer of the season. Then, with the game tied in the top of the eighth, Bruney gave up a lead-off single to pinch hitter, Bryan Petersen, who advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by weak-hitting, Chris Coghlan who reached first safely when Bruney failed to field the bunt cleanly. Petersen then scored on a hit by Gaby Sanchez, and Coghlan eventually scored on a sacrifice fly. Marlin’s starter Chris Volstad won his third game of the season, allowing two runs in seven innings and limiting the NATS to four hits and two walks.
The Nat’s Willie Harris made a great diving catch in right field saving an extra base hit and after moving to left field in the seventh inning on a double switch, he made another diving catch on a sure single.

July 31 Saturday Night Game vs. Phillies Planned by IIE

The IIE National Capital Chapter will have a second scholarship fundraiser for Washington’s Saturday, July 31 7 PM game vs. the defending league-champion Phildelphia Phillies. Tickets for $25 in upper infield section 416 can be reserved by phone to Joe Scheibeler at 202-268-5089.

Section 416 view

The bird’s eye view from section 416 at Nationals Stadium

– Submitted by Joe Scheibeler, Chapter Secretary