Bob Carpenter, by the way, is the play-by-play announcer for the Nationals’ TV broadcasts. His scorebook is excellent, but now my copy has Presto! whiteout all over it.
I’m not sure if Carpenter’s book is as good as how Jamie Moyer has been pitching so far. He took down the Nats in order again in the third, this time on 13 pitches. He also got another strikeout on one of those off-speed pitches on the outer edge of the plate.
It didn’t go as well for Jason Bergmann against the Phillies in the bottom of the third. Carlos Ruiz doubled to open the inning, then, with one out, Bergmann walked Jimmy Rollins and plunked Shane Victorino. However, he nearly wiggled out of some bases-loaded trouble when Chase Ultey harmlessly popped up to short and had two strikes on Ryan Howard with two outs.
But Howard’s two-run single made it 3-0, which made that six-run deficit at Shea look like it was double-digits.
Moyer needed 16 more pitches to get through the second. So far he’s thrown 29 pitches –19 of them strikes.
At the plate, the Phillies went down just as harmlessly as the Nats. Jason Bergmann was even more efficient than Moyer, throwing just eight pitches in the frame.
Back at Shea it’s still 7-1 with one out and Jose Reyes at the plate. They just showed a shot of the Mets’ new ballpark on TV… if the Mets go down today, they might need a new one in time for next year. Shea might not make it through the day.