THIS DAY WITH THE '05 OVERACHIEVERS: Sunday 31st July 2005, the Nats snapped a 6-match losing streak with a 4-2 win at Florida, Nick Johnson icing the result with a 9th-inning homer and Livan pitching eight innings...record now 56-49...http://espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=250731128
Forget post-season plans. We're not going anywhere if we don't start throwing out base-stealers. The other contenders in the NL all run well and if we do still manage to get in it'll be over quickly. Those early inning steals were a disgrace (and I note that Juan Pierre is very much back on form - remember when he used to run us ragged in RFK days when he was at the Marlins - I left after the fifth inning, as is SOP for me at weeknights when we're behind five or more runs after five).
Attendance 30,167, just 33 off this season's average of 30,200 - might have been a bit more had it not been for the afternoon rain. Our second-highest Tuesday of the season, trailing only 3rd July vs Giants (36,985).