- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 22, 2007

SEEN AND HEARD AT GREAT AMERICAN BALL PARK IN CINCINNATI

There is perhaps no better hitter’s park in the majors than the Reds’ home stadium with its short fences and prevailing winds that blow out. Members of the Nationals’ lineup were eager to take batting practice yesterday. Ryan Church, taking a day off because of a bruised left forearm, was considering playing regardless and just swinging with his lead hand, believing he still would have a chance to hit one out.

Washington’s pitchers had a different opinion.

“I hate pitching here,” John Patterson said. “That fence feels like it’s right on top of you. I think this place is tougher than Coors Field.”

Perhaps it’s a good thing, then, that Patterson is on the DL and won’t appear in this series.

BY THE NUMBERS

4.70 Collective ERA of Nationals starting pitchers.

3.70 Collective ERA of Nationals relievers.

TONIGHT’S GAME

Nationals LHP Matt Chico (3-4, 5.44) vs. Reds RHP Kirk Saarloos (0-3, 5.09), 7:10 p.m., MASN, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

Mark Zuckerman

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