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A three run first and a four run second set the tone as the Nationals went on to defeat the West Bend Benders 15-2. Chris Kaebisch, Jimmy Dettman, and Alex Franson combined to hold the Benders to 4 hits and zero earned runs. Please see our "Stats" page for full details.
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Playing their best baseball of the season, the Nationals met the challenge Saturday nite in beating the White Sox 7-5 and 12-2. Chris Marks was one of many stars, hitting two run homers in his first at bat of each game. Mike Czarnecki added a seventh-inning homer of his own in game one to break a 5-5 tie. For complete stats and stories please see our "Stats" page.
Despite two home runs from shortstop Mark Van Hart, the South All Stars were defeated by the North All Stars 7-2. Complete team rosters are available in the Wednesday July 4 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as is a line score for the game in the July 5 edition.
Despite falling behind early in both games, the Nationals demonstrated patience and grit in defeating Cream City 7-6 and 11-2. In game one, starter Jim Dettman struggled early, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits in the first inning. Cream City pitcher Nate Schwartz held the Nationals in check until the third inning when Andy Butorac unloaded a bases clearing triple and Joe Reisinger added a run scoring single. The Nationals had to battle back again in the fifth. After falling behind 6-4, the Nationals added a single tally in the fifth and two more in the sixth, highlighted by Chris Marks' double. Jim Dettman earned the victory going 6 plus with 10 strikeouts. Game two started much the same way as game one. The Nationals fell behind 2-0 as Nick Kibler was touched for four first inning hits. Kibler settled down, though, allowing only one more hit over the next four innings and the offense came to life. Mark Van Hart's four RBI's led the way. The Nationals enter the All Star break at 13-0 and 16-1 overall.