Well, so much for Adam Kennedy being a defensive improvement over Cristian Guzman at second, an opinion that isn't really supported by the stats. Kennedy threw away the ball trying for a double play in the O's half of the fifth, allowing the tying run to score, and then Tyler Clippard coughs up the winning hit in the eighth. Welp. More details from Patrick Reddington, if you want them. Mark Zuckerman asks if maybe it's time for one of the players to step up and have a little "come to Jesus" talk with the rest of the team. Harper at Nationals Baseball examines the collapse of the team from possible contenders into the drearily familiar cellar of the NLEast.
Brian Oliver brings the weekend roundup for the farm teams; for just the Sunday results, April Whitzman at NatsProspects has the News & Notes.
Left fielder Richard Giannotti singles in the winning run for the Blue Crabs in the bottom of the ninth, giving Southern Maryland a 6-5 victory and a sweep of Sparky Lyle's Somerset Patriots. Camden won yesterday as well, so the Blue Crabs hold their 3-game lead at 37 and 25, while the Patriots fall 3.5 games back in the Freedom Division behind York. The Crabs hit the road for a four-game series against Lancaster, starting with a double-header tonight at 6.
Bowie lost to the Curve 12-3 last night, foiling the Baysox' hopes for a sweep; down in Frederick, the Keys pounded the Wilmington Blue Rocks 10-3. Tonight's Bark in the Park night at Harry Grove Stadium, as well as Kids Eat Free night, so bring the dog and the kids. :)
There's more stuff I want to talk about out there, but I have an accounting final tonight so it'll have to wait.
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