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Express Roll To Finals, Nats Split With Phillies, Olympic Update
In the Valley League Playoffs yesterday, the Strasburg Express moved on to the VBL Finals. The Express completed an 8-7 home win in Wednesday’s suspended game with Winchester, then beat the Royals 17-11 at Bridgeforth Field to complete the 2 game sweep. Strasburg will now take on the Waynesboro Generals for the Lineweaver Cup. Game 1 of that series is tonight in Strasburg.
The Washington Nationals split a doubleheader with Philadelphia yesterday. In what was Max Scherzer’s final game as a National, Washington beat the Phils 3-1. The USA Today is reporting that Scherzer, along with shortstop Trea Turner, has been dealt the the Dodgers in return for prospects ahead of the 4pm trade deadline. In the nightcap, Brad Miller’s grand slam in the 8th inning was the game-winner in an 11-8 Phillies win. The Nats host the Cubs tonight starting at 6:35 on Sports Radio 1450.
The Nationals also sent reliever Daniel Hudson to the Padres in return for pitching prospect Mason Thompson and minor league infielder Jordy Barley. And Kyle Schwarber was traded to the Red Sox.
The Baltimore Orioles fell to Detroit last night 6-2. The two teams play tonight at 7:10 pm.
And at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, gymnast Suni Lee won the gold in the all-around competition, continuing a streak of American women winning the all-around for the 5th consecutive Olympics. In swimming, US teammates Lilly King and Annie Lazor won silver and bronze respectively in the 200-meter breaststroke. The United States leads the overall medal count with 41.
Greetings from The Booth!
It’s great to be back in The Booth after a week of vacation at beautiful Deep Creek Lake in nearby Maryland. Morning temps in the 50s there reminded me that SU Football is not far off, and my 22nd season of Hornet play-by-play will take me once again to destinations throughout the ODAC. More to come soon as we start previewing the 2021 Shenandoah University football fortunes…
There is certainly lots to talk about this week. The Summer Olympic Games are underway in Tokyo as the pandemic rages on in Japan. there have been some surprises already, as USA Basketball suffered a stunning loss to France, and the most recognizable athlete of the Games, gymnast Simone Biles, suddenly withdrew from the Olympics. I’m sure more surprises are coming.
But I wanted to concentrate this week on the fate of the Washington Nationals, who are now sellers leading up to this week’s trade deadline. If they weren’t in this mindset before, they certainly are now, after an embarrassing weekend sweep at the hands of the lowly Baltimore Orioles, one of the worst teams in the majors. Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo had been on the fence, last week saying that the team would be in both buy and sell mode. Since those comments, the team went 1-5, and closer to the basement of the NL East than the top.
Truth be known, the Nats, with the exception of a June run that saw the team get to 40-38, have stumbled through the 2021 campaign, due in no small measure to injuries. The starting rotation has especially been hard hit, with every Nationals starting pitcher being placed on IR at one time or another. That being said, one man’s injury is another man’s opportunity, and it’s “next man up” when someone goes down. The late NFL great Sonny Randle once said “you know who feels sorry for you when you have injuries? No one.”
There are many fingers of blame to be pointed at the Nationals that got them in this “sellers” situation. Suffice it to say that everyone is on the table, including my favorite Nat, Max Scherzer. By the time you read this, “Mad Max” may be in a different uniform. Trea Turner has also been mentioned as trade bait, but with Turner testing positive this week for COVID-19, he will probably remain in Washington. Nonetheless, for the Nationals, as the movie line goes, this is a big (expletive) sandwich, and we’ll all have to take a big bite.
My only question is, what am I gonna do with my Max Scherzer jersey?
Until the next visit from The Booth, stay cool and GO HORNETS!
Royals Eliminate Woodstock, Nats Walked Off In Philly, Olympic Update
In the Valley Baseball League Playoffs last night, the Winchester Royals eliminated Woodstock with a 10-3 win at Bridgeforth Field. Winchester will now await the winner of the Strasburg-New Market series. Game 2 of that series was postponed until tonight at Rebel Park. Meanwhile, the opening game of the South Division final between Waynesboro and Staunton was also postponed until this evening.
Andrew McCutchen’s walk-off home run off reliever Brad Hand lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-5 win over the Nationals last night. The Nats, who blew leads of 4-0 and 5-3, fell to 45-54 on the season, as the club moves closer to seller’s mode before the trade deadline. The Nationals take on the Phils again tonight, starting at 6:35 on Sports Radio 1450.
The Baltimore Orioles entertain the Miami Marlins tonight at 7:05.
At the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, The USA now leads China in the overall medal count 22-21. Yesterday, US swimmer Lydia Jacoby won the 100-meter breaststroke in an upset win over teammate Lilly King. Defending champion Ryan Murphy settled for bronze in the backstroke.
VBL Playoff Scoreboard, O’s Sweep Nats, Olympic Update
In the Valley Baseball League Playoffs yesterday, Strasburg doubled up New Market 10-5. The Express take a 1-0 lead in their opening round North Division series. Meanwhile, Winchester routed Woodstock 12-0 to gain a 1-0 advantage in their North Division series. In the South, Waynesboro eliminated Charlottesville, while Staunton swept Harrisonburg.
Tonight in VBL Playoff action, Winchester hosts Woodstock, while Strasburg travels to New Market. Waynesboro and Staunton begin their second-round South Division series.
The Baltimore Orioles walked off the Washington Nationals yesterday 5-4 to complete a 3-game weekend sweep of the Nats. The Birds scores 2 in the bottom of the 9th to send the Nationals to 45-53 on the season, 8 games behind the NL East-leading Mets. The Nats take on the Phillies tonight. Air time is 6:35 on Sports Radio 1450.
At the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, The USA upped it’s medal count to 14 by virtue of a strong showing in the swimming events. The Men won a gold in the 4×100 freestyle relay, while Katie Ledecky won a silver medal. Meanwhile, USA Basketball stumbled out of the gate with an upset loss to France. China leads the overall medal count with 15.
On the PGA Tour, Cameron Champ won the 3M Open by 2 shots over 3 players, including Louis Oosthuizen.