Posted by Steve Elliott on Jun 08 2002 at 05:00PM PDT in 2019 Season
Saturday night the Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers shared similar experiences. Both teams jumped out to big leads only to watch their opposition storm back and tie the game. Unlike the Brewers, however, the Nationals scratched out a late run to take back the victory. After jumping to a 5-0 lead, the Nationals bats and gloves went into a slumber. The team was no-hit over the final four frames and committed several costly defensive miscues to allow McGuires to storm back and tie the game at 5. Mike Wajerski changed the momentum in the seventh inning. After leading off the inning by reaching on an error, Wajerski promptly stole second and advanced to third on a groundout by Joe Reisinger. After Jim Dettman popped out on the infield for the second out, the stage was set for Wajerski's heroics. With a 2-2 count on Chris Marks, McGuires pitcher, Owen Erickson, crossed up his catcher and unleashed a wild pitch that ricocheted off the backstop. Alertly and aggressively, Wajerski raced for the plate and scored the lead run by executing a perfect headfirst slide to avoid the tag of the pitcher. With a precarious one run cushion, Dan Lorum entered the game for his first action of the year. Lorum closed the door on McGuires, earning the save. Jim Dettman started on the bump for the Nationals, but struggled with his command. Tim Spata relieved Dettman in the fifth and earned his second win of the young season. Joe Reisinger and Alex Franson led the offense with two hits each. The nightcap offered no such drama. The Nationals sent 14 men to the plate in the top of the first inning while jumping out to a 10-0 lead. Chris Marks knocked in 4 runs in the inning with a double and triple. The team ripped a season game high 16 hits in the blowout with multiple hit games from Wajerski, Reisinger, Dettman, Marks, Koepp, Paige, and Franson. Nick Kibler was dominant on the mound. Kibler struck out 5 in 4 innings of work while allowing only one hit. Joe Kissler mopped up in the fifth.


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