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Nationals 6, Padres 5: '80s Night More '87 Than '84

Huston Street gave up another game-winning home run after an incredible 9th inning rally.

Denis Poroy

The Padres made '80s night a great event. The brown Knockaround sunglasses were gorgeous. There were fantastic between inning bits recasting The Karate Kid, Top Gun, and Ghostbusters with current players. Kurt Bevacqua threw out the first pitch. The '80s tribute band in the Park at the Park before the game... was an '80s tribute band. And after the thrilling 9th inning rally, we were ready for the Padres to sweep the leg in the 10th. Huston Street decided that he hated '80s underdog movies and gave up a 2 out solo shot to Chad Tracy instead.

On a more positive note, Burch Smith made a big improvement on his disastrous first start. He was bit hard by the long ball, but he went 5.1 innings, giving up 6 hits and a walk while striking out 8. 64 of his 84 pitches were thrown for strikes.

1st Inning

The game got off to a good start when Kyle Blanks hit a 2 out single to score Everth Cabrera. It got better when Jesus Guzman scored on a throwing error by Bryce Harper.

2-0 Padres

4th Inning

The first of three blasts Smith gave up was a 3 run shot by Adam LaRoche.

3-2 Nationals

6th Inning

Things got ugly when Smith gave up back to back homers to Ryan Zimmerman and LaRoche. He was promptly pulled and replaced with GLB favorite Tim Stauffer, who made some @#$!ing pitches. He threw 1.2 hitless innings, walking one and ringing up two. Jedd Gyorko showed the Padres still had some fight in them with solo shot to center field.

5-3 Nationals

9th Inning

With one out, Chris Denorfia reached first on a throwing error by Zimmerman. With two outs, he moved to second on defensive indifference. Chase Headley, Yonder Alonso, and Kyle Blanks hit three singles in a row to tie the game. Time for bonus baseball.


10th Inning

Street served up his sixth home run in 17.1 innings. For reference, he gave up 2 homers last season in 39 innings. His worst season was 2011, where he gave up 10 in 58.1 innings while playing on the moon. His career home run rate is just 0.9 per 9 innings. He's at 3.1 per 9 this season.

Final: 6-5 Nationals

Eric Stults fights to avoid a series loss against Jordan Zimmermann tonight at 5:40 PM.

18 - 23


Lost 2


Final - 5.17.2013 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Washington Nationals 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 6 7 3
San Diego Padres 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 5 11 0
WP: Rafael Soriano (1 - 1)
SV: Drew Storen (1)
LP: Huston Street (0 - 3)

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