You’re welcome to disagree with me on this, but the kind of game the Nationals and Giants are playing tonight is my favorite in baseball. Both Tom Gorzelanny and Madison Bumgarner are dealing - neither the Nationals nor the Giants have a strong offense, but the two left-handers have been sharp enough to yield a combined three hits. And both teams have played some fantastic defense.
Rick Ankiel and Jerry Hairston Jr. have made a pair of sliding catches in the outfield, barely taking away base hits from Miguel Tejada and Bumgarner. And Giants shortstop Mike Fontenot made a sensational diving grab to take away a bloop hit from Gorzelanny in the sixth.
The Nationals’ one chance to get something going, though, quickly dissolved in the sixth inning. Wilson Ramos broke up Bumgarner’s perfect game with a double that rattled off the wall in left center, but Ian Desmond chose to bunt him to third instead of swinging away. Desmond has been hitting well lately, and there was no threat of a double play, so I’m not sure giving up an out in front of a struggling Michael Morse was the right thing to do. As it was, Morse struck out looking on an 0-2 fastball, and Jerry Hairston Jr. was also frozen to end the inning.
So we’re scoreless through six innings of a supremely entertaining pitcher’s duel. We’ll see how it ends.