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MIN
@CHW
2
6
BOS
@DET
5
1
BAL
@KCR
4
1
CLE
@NYY
3
6
TEX
@SEA
5
0
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@TOR
8
3
 
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@ARI
3
8
SDP
@ATL
4
5
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@COL
3
9
MIL
@FLA
2
7
WSN
@HOU
8
3
SFG
@PIT
4
5
Thursday, May 8, 2008, 7:05PM
, Minute Maid Park
Attendance: 33,433, Time of Game: 3:01
Nationals
8
15-20
 Won 1 
5th, 5½ GB
at Astros
3
18-17
 Lost 1 
3rd, 3½ GB
W: John Lannan (3-3)
L: Brandon Backe (2-4)
                1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9    R  H  E
                -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -    -  -  -
Nationals       1  0  1   0  0  2   0  3  1    8 12  0
Astros          0  0  0   1  0  0   0  2  0    3 10  1

Washington Nationals

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS Pit Str WPA aLI WPA+ WPA- RE24 PO A
Willie Harris CF 4 1 1 1 1 2 5 .205 .340 .386 .726 20 10 0.112 0.49 0.142 -0.030 0.4 3 0 HR
Cristian Guzman SS 5 3 2 0 0 1 5 .307 .327 .453 .780 17 10 -0.034 0.69 0.040 -0.074 -0.4 3 7
Ryan Zimmerman 3B 5 2 3 0 0 2 5 .252 .281 .406 .687 20 15 0.098 0.65 0.135 -0.036 2.5 0 2
Nick Johnson 1B 3 0 1 1 2 0 5 .216 .412 .454 .866 16 7 0.164 0.65 0.167 -0.002 1.1 12 1 2B,GDP
Austin Kearns RF 4 1 1 2 1 1 5 .216 .329 .312 .641 19 11 0.028 0.89 0.084 -0.055 0.6 1 0
Ronnie Belliard 2B 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .197 .310 .311 .621 14 10 -0.070 0.67 0.000 -0.070 -1.4 1 2
Rob Mackowiak LF 4 1 2 2 0 1 4 .214 .290 .357 .647 17 9 0.013 0.58 0.052 -0.038 1.4 1 0 HR
Wil Nieves C 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .353 .421 .471 .892 14 11 -0.091 0.71 0.001 -0.092 -1.1 5 0 GDP
John Lannan P 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 12 8 -0.039 0.78 0.000 -0.039 -0.4 1 2
   Aaron Boone PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 .282 .364 .487 .851 4 2 0.025 0.34 0.025 0.000 0.6 2B
   Saul Rivera P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 1
   Wily Mo Pena PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .235 .284 .265 .548 6 2 0.001 0.02 0.001 0.000 0.2
   Luis Ayala P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
   Jon Rauch P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
Team Totals 36 8 12 6 5 11 41 .333 .415 .556 .970 159 95 0.207 0.65 0.647 -0.436 3.6 27 15
2B: N Johnson (8, off B Backe); A Boone (2, off T Byrdak).
HR: W Harris (1, off B Backe, 3rd inn, 0 on, 1 out to RF); R Mackowiak (1, off O Villarreal, 8th inn, 1 on, 2 outs to LF).
TB: R Mackowiak 5; W Harris 4; R Zimmerman 3; C Guzman 2; N Johnson 2; A Boone 2; A Kearns; W Nieves.
GIDP: N Johnson (2); W Nieves (1).
RBI: A Kearns 2 (16); R Mackowiak 2 (2); N Johnson (18); W Harris (4).
2-out RBI: R Mackowiak 2; N Johnson.
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 1 for 10.
Fielding
DP: 1. C Guzman-N Johnson.

Houston Astros

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS Pit Str WPA aLI WPA+ WPA- RE24 PO A
Michael Bourn CF 4 0 1 0 1 2 5 .197 .277 .308 .585 20 11 0.004 0.96 0.075 -0.071 0.1 1 0 2·SB
Kazuo Matsui 2B 5 0 0 0 0 1 5 .257 .333 .365 .698 18 11 -0.106 0.98 0.000 -0.106 -1.1 4 4
Miguel Tejada SS 4 2 2 0 0 0 4 .336 .369 .543 .912 17 12 -0.031 1.10 0.055 -0.086 0.1 2 3
Lance Berkman 1B 3 1 2 0 1 0 4 .368 .449 .752 1.201 17 9 0.104 1.12 0.137 -0.033 1.3 4 0
Carlos Lee LF 4 0 2 1 0 0 4 .282 .333 .527 .860 13 8 0.075 1.54 0.110 -0.035 1.3 2 0
Hunter Pence RF 4 0 1 1 0 1 4 .256 .293 .424 .717 22 14 -0.125 1.70 0.059 -0.184 -1.1 2 0 GDP
Ty Wigginton 3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 4 .238 .313 .357 .670 13 8 -0.088 1.30 0.024 -0.112 -0.6 0 1 2B
J.R. Towles C 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 .164 .307 .370 .677 12 7 -0.121 1.53 0.000 -0.121 -1.0 11 0
   Jose Cruz PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .088 .262 .118 .380 5 4 -0.011 0.36 0.000 -0.011 -0.2
   Wesley Wright P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
Brandon Backe P 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 .267 .267 .533 .800 4 3 0.028 1.21 0.055 -0.026 0.1 0 0
   Tim Byrdak P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 1 1
   Darin Erstad PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .286 .300 .367 .667 2 2 -0.017 0.69 0.000 -0.017 -0.2
   Oscar Villarreal P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
   Brad Ausmus C 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .189 .189 .270 .459 1 1 -0.005 0.19 0.000 -0.005 -0.2 0 0
Team Totals 36 3 10 3 2 5 38 .278 .316 .306 .621 144 90 -0.293 1.16 0.515 -0.807 -1.4 27 9
2B: T Wigginton (2, off J Lannan).
TB: C Lee 2; L Berkman 2; T Wigginton 2; M Tejada 2; M Bourn; B Backe; H Pence.
GIDP: H Pence (3).
RBI: H Pence (18); T Wigginton (3); C Lee (22).
Team LOB: 8.
With RISP: 2 for 14.
Fielding
DP: 3. M Tejada-K Matsui-L Berkman 2; T Byrdak-K Matsui.
E: M Bourn (2).
Baserunning
SB: M Bourn 2 (15, 2nd base off J Lannan/W Nieves, 2nd base off S Rivera/W Nieves).

Washington Nationals

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD Unk GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
John Lannan, W (3-3) 6 7 1 1 1 3 0 3.40 25 93 54 34 6 14 15 6 2 0 56 0.235 1.50 2.0
Saul Rivera, H (5) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.30 4 11 9 4 0 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0.054 0.80 0.5
Luis Ayala 1 2 2 2 1 1 0 4.87 6 34 22 15 2 5 3 1 1 0 0 0 -0.005 0.60 -1.5
Jon Rauch 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.31 3 6 5 2 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.007 0.10 0.5
Team Totals 9 10 3 3 2 5 0 3.00 38 144 90 55 9 26 21 10 3 0 56 0 0 0.291 1.16 1.4

Houston Astros

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD Unk GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
Brandon Backe, L (2-4) 6 6 4 4 3 9 1 4.64 26 98 61 30 14 17 5 9 3 0 50 -0.163 0.92 -1.0
Tim Byrdak 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3 10 6 3 0 3 0 3 2 0 0 0 0.020 0.42 0.5
Oscar Villarreal 1 3 3 3 2 2 1 5.95 8 37 19 9 5 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 -0.059 0.18 -2.5
Wesley Wright 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 3.75 4 14 9 5 0 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 -0.007 0.06 -0.5
Team Totals 9 12 8 8 5 11 2 8.00 41 159 95 47 19 29 9 16 6 0 50 0 0 -0.209 0.65 -3.6
Balks: None.
WP: O Villarreal (1).
HBP: None.
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.

Other Info

Umpires: HP - Angel Campos, 1B - Greg Gibson, 2B - Brian Runge, 3B - Charlie Reliford.
Time of Game: 3:01.
Attendance: 33,433.
Field Condition: Unknown.
Start Time Weather: 87° F, Wind 3mph out to Rightfield, Cloudy.

Starting Lineups

Washington Nationals         Houston Astros
1 Willie Harris CF 1 Michael Bourn CF
2 Cristian Guzman SS 2 Kazuo Matsui 2B
3 Ryan Zimmerman 3B 3 Miguel Tejada SS
4 Nick Johnson 1B 4 Lance Berkman 1B
5 Austin Kearns RF 5 Carlos Lee LF
6 Ronnie Belliard 2B 6 Hunter Pence RF
7 Rob Mackowiak LF 7 Ty Wigginton 3B
8 Wil Nieves C 8 J.R. Towles C
9 John Lannan P 9 Brandon Backe P

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Inn Score Out RoB Pit(cnt) R/O @Bat Batter Pitcher wWPA wWE Play Description
b6 1-4 0 12- 6,(3-2)  OO HOU H. Pence J. Lannan 14% 86% Ground Ball Double Play: SS-1B (Weak SS); Berkman to 3B
t1 0-0 2 1-- 1,(0-0)  R WSN N. Johnson B. Backe 11% 59% Double to RF (Fly Ball to Deep CF-RF); Guzman Scores
t3 1-0 1 --- 3,(1-1)  R WSN W. Harris B. Backe 11% 70% Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF)
t6 2-1 0 1-- 2,(1-0)  WSN R. Zimmerman B. Backe 10% 80% Single to CF (Line Drive); Guzman to 3B
t6 2-1 0 123 3,(1-1)  RR WSN A. Kearns B. Backe 8% 91% Single to CF (Line Drive); Guzman Scores; Zimmerman Scores; Johnson to 2B

Play By Play

Inn Score Out RoB Pit(cnt) R/O @Bat Batter Pitcher wWPA wWE Play Description
Top of the 1st, Nationals Batting, Tied 0-0, Astros' Brandon Backe facing 1-2-3
t1 0-0 0 --- 4,(3-0)  WSN W. Harris B. Backe 4% 54% Walk
t1 0-0 0 1-- 2,(0-1)  O WSN C. Guzman B. Backe -3% 50% Groundout: 2B-SS/Forceout at 2B
t1 0-0 1 1-- 3,(0-2)  O WSN R. Zimmerman B. Backe -3% 47% Strikeout Swinging
t1 0-0 2 1-- 1,(0-0)  R WSN N. Johnson B. Backe 11% 59% Double to RF (Fly Ball to Deep CF-RF); Guzman Scores
t1 1-0 2 -2- 4,(2-1)  O WSN A. Kearns B. Backe -3% 56% Flyball: CF (Deep CF)
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Nationals 1, Astros 0.
Bottom of the 1st, Astros Batting, Behind 0-1, Nationals' John Lannan facing 1-2-3
b1 0-1 0 --- 4,(3-0)  HOU M. Bourn J. Lannan -4% 52% Walk
b1 0-1 0 1-- 6,(3-2)  O HOU K. Matsui J. Lannan 2% 54% Strikeout Swinging, Bourn Steals 2B
b1 0-1 1 -2- 6,(3-2)  O HOU M. Tejada J. Lannan 4% 57% Flyball: CF (Deep CF)
b1 0-1 2 -2- 3,(1-1)  O HOU L. Berkman J. Lannan 3% 61% Groundout: 1B-P
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Nationals 1, Astros 0.
Top of the 2nd, Nationals Batting, Ahead 1-0, Astros' Brandon Backe facing 6-7-8
t2 1-0 0 --- 2,(0-1)  O WSN R. Belliard B. Backe -2% 59% Flyball: RF (Deep RF)
t2 1-0 1 --- 4,(2-1)  WSN R. Mackowiak B. Backe 2% 61% Single to CF (Line Drive to LF-CF)
t2 1-0 1 1-- 5,(1-2)  OO WSN W. Nieves B. Backe -5% 56% Ground Ball Double Play: SS-2B-1B (Weak SS)
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Nationals 1, Astros 0.
Bottom of the 2nd, Astros Batting, Behind 0-1, Nationals' John Lannan facing 5-6-7
b2 0-1 0 --- 2,(1-0)  O HOU C. Lee J. Lannan 3% 59% Groundout: P-SS-1B (Weak SS)
b2 0-1 1 --- 5,(2-2)  O HOU H. Pence J. Lannan 2% 60% Strikeout Looking
b2 0-1 2 --- 3,(1-1)  HOU T. Wigginton J. Lannan -2% 58% Double to LF (Line Drive to LF-CF)
b2 0-1 2 -2- 5,(2-2)  O HOU J. Towles J. Lannan 4% 61% Groundout: SS-1B (Weak SS)
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Nationals 1, Astros 0.
Top of the 3rd, Nationals Batting, Ahead 1-0, Astros' Brandon Backe facing 9-1-2
t3 1-0 0 --- 6,(1-2)  O WSN J. Lannan B. Backe -2% 59% Strikeout Looking
t3 1-0 1 --- 3,(1-1)  R WSN W. Harris B. Backe 11% 70% Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF)
t3 2-0 1 --- 4,(1-2)  O WSN C. Guzman B. Backe -1% 69% Strikeout Swinging
t3 2-0 2 --- 3,(0-2)  O WSN R. Zimmerman B. Backe -1% 68% Strikeout Swinging
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Nationals 2, Astros 0.
Bottom of the 3rd, Astros Batting, Behind 0-2, Nationals' John Lannan facing 9-1-2
b3 0-2 0 --- 1,(0-0)  O HOU B. Backe J. Lannan 3% 71% Groundout: SS-1B (Weak SS)
b3 0-2 1 --- 4,(2-1)  O HOU M. Bourn J. Lannan 2% 72% Flyball: CF (Deep LF-CF)
b3 0-2 2 --- 2,(1-0)  O HOU K. Matsui J. Lannan 1% 73% Groundout: 2B-1B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Nationals 2, Astros 0.
Top of the 4th, Nationals Batting, Ahead 2-0, Astros' Brandon Backe facing 4-5-6
t4 2-0 0 --- 5,(3-1)  WSN N. Johnson B. Backe 3% 76% Walk
t4 2-0 0 1-- 3,(0-2)  O WSN A. Kearns B. Backe -3% 74% Strikeout Swinging
t4 2-0 1 1-- 4,(1-2)  O WSN R. Belliard B. Backe -2% 71% Strikeout Swinging
t4 2-0 2 1-- 7,(3-2)  O WSN R. Mackowiak B. Backe -2% 70% Strikeout Looking
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Nationals 2, Astros 0.
Bottom of the 4th, Astros Batting, Behind 0-2, Nationals' John Lannan facing 3-4-5
b4 0-2 0 --- 1,(0-0)  HOU M. Tejada J. Lannan -5% 65% Single to RF (Ground Ball)
b4 0-2 0 1-- 5,(3-1)  HOU L. Berkman J. Lannan -8% 57% Single to 3B (Ground Ball to Weak SS); Tejada to 2B
b4 0-2 0 12- 3,(2-0)  O HOU C. Lee J. Lannan 1% 58% Flyball: CF (Deep CF); Tejada to 3B; Berkman to 2B
b4 0-2 1 -23 5,(1-2)  R HOU H. Pence J. Lannan -6% 52% Single to SS (Ground Ball to Weak SS); Tejada Scores; Berkman stays at 2B
b4 1-2 1 12- 1,(0-0)  O HOU T. Wigginton J. Lannan 6% 58% Flyball: RF (CF-RF)
b4 1-2 2 12- 4,(2-1)  O HOU J. Towles J. Lannan 6% 64% Groundout: SS-1B (SS-2B)
1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB. Nationals 2, Astros 1.
Top of the 5th, Nationals Batting, Ahead 2-1, Astros' Brandon Backe facing 8-9-1
t5 2-1 0 --- 5,(1-2)  O WSN W. Nieves B. Backe -2% 62% Strikeout Swinging
t5 2-1 1 --- 6,(3-2)  O WSN J. Lannan B. Backe -2% 60% Groundout: 3B-1B (Weak 3B)
t5 2-1 2 --- 5,(2-2)  O WSN W. Harris B. Backe -1% 59% Strikeout Swinging
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Nationals 2, Astros 1.
Bottom of the 5th, Astros Batting, Behind 1-2, Nationals' John Lannan facing 9-1-2
b5 1-2 0 --- 3,(1-1)  HOU B. Backe J. Lannan -5% 53% Single to CF (Ground Ball thru SS-2B)
b5 1-2 0 1-- 4,(1-2)  O HOU M. Bourn J. Lannan 5% 59% Strikeout Swinging
b5 1-2 1 1-- 7,(3-2)  O HOU K. Matsui J. Lannan 3% 61% Groundout: 3B-1B; Backe to 2B
b5 1-2 2 -2- 2,(0-1)  O HOU M. Tejada J. Lannan 5% 66% Groundout: P-1B
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Nationals 2, Astros 1.
Top of the 6th, Nationals Batting, Ahead 2-1, Astros' Brandon Backe facing 2-3-4
t6 2-1 0 --- 5,(3-1)  WSN C. Guzman B. Backe 4% 70% Single to RF (Ground Ball)
t6 2-1 0 1-- 2,(1-0)  WSN R. Zimmerman B. Backe 10% 80% Single to CF (Line Drive); Guzman to 3B
t6 2-1 0 1-3 6,(3-2)  WSN N. Johnson B. Backe 3% 83% Walk; Zimmerman to 2B
t6 2-1 0 123 3,(1-1)  RR WSN A. Kearns B. Backe 8% 91% Single to CF (Line Drive); Guzman Scores; Zimmerman Scores; Johnson to 2B
t6 4-1 0 12- 3,(1-1)  O WSN R. Belliard B. Backe -2% 88% Flyball: LF (Deep LF)
t6 4-1 1 12- 1,(0-0)  O WSN R. Mackowiak B. Backe -2% 86% Flyball: LF (Deep LF Line)
t6 4-1 2 12- 2,(1-0)  O WSN W. Nieves B. Backe -2% 84% Groundout: SS-2B/Forceout at 2B (Weak SS)
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB. Nationals 4, Astros 1.
Bottom of the 6th, Astros Batting, Behind 1-4, Nationals' John Lannan facing 4-5-6
b6 1-4 0 --- 1,(0-0)  HOU L. Berkman J. Lannan -5% 80% Single to LF (Ground Ball thru Weak 3B)
b6 1-4 0 1-- 6,(2-2)  HOU C. Lee J. Lannan -8% 72% Single to LF (Line Drive to Short LF); Berkman to 2B
b6 1-4 0 12- 6,(3-2)  OO HOU H. Pence J. Lannan 14% 86% Ground Ball Double Play: SS-1B (Weak SS); Berkman to 3B
b6 1-4 2 --3 4,(1-2)  O HOU T. Wigginton J. Lannan 4% 90% Groundout: SS-1B (Weak SS)
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Nationals 4, Astros 1.
Top of the 7th, Nationals Batting, Ahead 4-1, Astros' Tim Byrdak facing 9-1-2
Tim Byrdak replaces Brandon Backe pitching and batting 9th
Aaron Boone pinch hits for John Lannan (P) batting 9th
t7 4-1 0 --- 4,(2-1)  WSN A. Boone T. Byrdak 2% 92% Double to LF (Line Drive)
t7 4-1 0 -2- 2,(0-1)  O WSN W. Harris T. Byrdak -2% 91% Popfly: SS (Deep SS)
t7 4-1 1 -2- 4,(2-1)  OO WSN C. Guzman T. Byrdak -3% 88% Line Drive Double Play: P; Boone out at 2B/P-2B
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Nationals 4, Astros 1.
Bottom of the 7th, Astros Batting, Behind 1-4, Nationals' Saul Rivera facing 8-9-1
Saul Rivera replaces Aaron Boone (PH) pitching and batting 9th
b7 1-4 0 --- 3,(1-1)  O HOU J. Towles S. Rivera 3% 91% Popfly: 1B
Darin Erstad pinch hits for Tim Byrdak (P) batting 9th
b7 1-4 1 --- 2,(0-1)  O HOU D. Erstad S. Rivera 2% 92% Flyball: LF (Deep LF Line)
b7 1-4 2 --- 4,(1-2)  HOU M. Bourn S. Rivera -1% 91% Single to RF (Ground Ball thru 2B-1B)
b7 1-4 2 1-- 1,(0-0)  HOU K. Matsui S. Rivera -1% 90% Bourn Steals 2B
b7 1-4 2 -2- 2,(0-1)  O HOU K. Matsui S. Rivera 3% 93% Groundout: P-1B (Weak 2B-1B)
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Nationals 4, Astros 1.
Top of the 8th, Nationals Batting, Ahead 4-1, Astros' Oscar Villarreal facing 3-4-5
Oscar Villarreal replaces Darin Erstad (PH) pitching and batting 9th
t8 4-1 0 --- 6,(2-2)  WSN R. Zimmerman O. Villarreal 2% 95% Single to CF (Line Drive to LF-CF); Zimmerman to 2B/Adv on E8 (throw)
t8 4-1 0 -2- 1,(0-0)  O WSN N. Johnson O. Villarreal -0% 95% Groundout: 2B-1B; Zimmerman to 3B
t8 4-1 1 --3 6,(3-2)  R WSN A. Kearns O. Villarreal 2% 97% Walk, Wild Pitch; Zimmerman Scores/No RBI
t8 5-1 1 1-- 5,(2-2)  O WSN R. Belliard O. Villarreal -0% 96% Strikeout Swinging
t8 5-1 2 1-- 5,(3-1)  RR WSN R. Mackowiak O. Villarreal 3% 99% Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep LF); Kearns Scores
t8 7-1 2 --- 2,(0-1)  WSN W. Nieves O. Villarreal 0% 99% Single to RF (Ground Ball)
Wily Mo Pena pinch hits for Saul Rivera (P) batting 9th
t8 7-1 2 1-- 6,(3-2)  WSN W. Pena O. Villarreal 0% 99% Walk; Nieves to 2B
t8 7-1 2 12- 6,(3-2)  O WSN W. Harris O. Villarreal -0% 99% Strikeout Swinging
3 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB. Nationals 7, Astros 1.
Bottom of the 8th, Astros Batting, Behind 1-7, Nationals' Luis Ayala facing 3-4-5
Luis Ayala replaces Wily Mo Pena (PH) pitching and batting 9th
b8 1-7 0 --- 8,(2-2)  HOU M. Tejada L. Ayala -1% 98% Single to SS (Ground Ball to Weak 3B)
b8 1-7 0 1-- 8,(3-2)  HOU L. Berkman L. Ayala -2% 97% Walk; Tejada to 2B
b8 1-7 0 12- 2,(0-1)  R HOU C. Lee L. Ayala -3% 94% Single to LF (Line Drive to LF Line); Tejada Scores; Berkman to 2B
b8 2-7 0 12- 6,(2-2)  O HOU H. Pence L. Ayala 2% 96% Groundout: 2B-SS/Forceout at 2B (SS-2B); Berkman to 3B
b8 2-7 1 1-3 5,(3-1)  RO HOU T. Wigginton L. Ayala 2% 98% Groundout: 3B-2B/Forceout at 2B (Weak 3B); Berkman Scores
Jose Cruz pinch hits for J.R. Towles (C) batting 8th
b8 3-7 2 1-- 5,(1-2)  O HOU J. Cruz L. Ayala 1% 99% Strikeout Looking
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Nationals 7, Astros 3.
Top of the 9th, Nationals Batting, Ahead 7-3, Astros' Wesley Wright facing 2-3-4
Wesley Wright replaces Jose Cruz (PH) pitching and batting 8th
Brad Ausmus replaces Oscar Villarreal (P) playing C batting 9th
t9 7-3 0 --- 2,(1-0)  WSN C. Guzman W. Wright 0% 99% Single to SS (Ground Ball to Weak SS)
t9 7-3 0 1-- 6,(2-2)  WSN R. Zimmerman W. Wright 1% 99% Single to RF (Fly Ball to Deep CF-RF); Guzman to 3B
t9 7-3 0 1-3 3,(1-1)  ROO WSN N. Johnson W. Wright -0% 99% Ground Ball Double Play: SS-2B-1B (Weak SS); Guzman Scores/No RBI
t9 8-3 2 --- 3,(1-1)  O WSN A. Kearns W. Wright -0% 99% Flyball: RF
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Nationals 8, Astros 3.
Bottom of the 9th, Astros Batting, Behind 3-8, Nationals' Jon Rauch facing 9-1-2
Jon Rauch replaces Luis Ayala pitching and batting 9th
b9 3-8 0 --- 1,(0-0)  O HOU B. Ausmus J. Rauch 0% 100% Groundout: SS-1B (Weak SS)
b9 3-8 1 --- 4,(1-2)  O HOU M. Bourn J. Rauch 0% 100% Strikeout Swinging
b9 3-8 2 --- 1,(0-0)  O HOU K. Matsui J. Rauch 0% 100% Popfly: SS (Short LF Line)
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Nationals 8, Astros 3.

Retrosheet.org Boxscore:HOU200805080
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