In the top of the inning, Steve Lombardozzi dug in for his first at-bat of the game. Against Jon Rauch, Lombardozzi drew a six-pitch walk, putting the go-ahead run on with no outs. Ian Desmond came to the plate, and Manager Davey Johnson called for a sacrifice bunt.
Desmond fouled off one bunt, took a ball and then pushed a slider to the right side. The ball came careening off his bat with enough pace that first baseman Ike Davis had time to pick up the ball, turn and fire to second base to nail Lombardozzi and effectively kill the rally.
“You know, I don’t really remember the last time I unsuccessfully bunted,” Desmond said. “Just got a little too much barrel on it, not off the end enough, and didn’t kill it.”
Said Johnson: “We need that. Could have been a whole different inning. We’ve just got to do the little things. We’ve still got some work to do.”
“It’s one of those games where we need to learn from our mistakes,” third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said. “We didn’t execute late in the game. Hopefully by July and August, we won’t be making the same mistakes. Late in the game, when we get some runners on, we need to execute a little bit better.”
After Henry Rodriguez walked Mike Baxter to lead off the ninth, the Mets took full advantage and the Nationals couldn’t execute a bunt play. You can read about that in the link below.
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NATS MINOR LEAGUES
Syracuse 6, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5: Bryce Harper went 1 for 3 with an RBI single and a walk. Zach Duke allowed one run in four innings on four hits and a walk, striking out four. Tyler Moore went 1 for 3 with a home run.
Harrisburg 6, New Britain 3: Josh Johnson went 3 for 4 with a home run. Jeff Kobernus went 2 for 5 with a double.
Potomac was off.
Hagerstown 8, Lexington 7 (11 innings): Rick Ankiel went 2 for 3 with two walks and a walk home run. Michael Morse went 2 for 4. Matt Skole went 2 for 4 with a home run. Todd Simko allowed no runs in two relief innings on no hits and a walk, striking out three.