Late last night, probably (hopefully) after you to went to sleep, the Reds finished off a 5 hour, 19 minute, 13-inning slog of a victory over the hapless Houston Astros, who would probably not be a large favorite over any random International League entry. The victory and their own 5-2 loss to the Braves pushed the Nationals’ deficit to 5 1/2 games with 10 to play. Baseball Prospectus puts the Nationals’ odds to reach the playoffs at 1 percent.
Things seemed so much brighter for the Nationals in the fifth inning last night, when Jayson Werth was walking to first base and Alex Wood was screaming unprintable words — well, the same unprintable word many times — at home plate umpire CB Bucknor. Werth drew a bases-loaded walk on a close pitch, which led to Wood’s comical overreaction and eventual ejection.
Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez said afterward that Wood simply cannot act like he did. That aside, Wood seemed to have a case.
“That’s CB,” Manager Davey Johnson said. “He’s got a little different strike zone.”