- The Washington Times - Monday, May 28, 2007

The Cardinals’ grounds crew was put to the test over the weekend.

Saturday night’s deluge in the top of the ninth left the infield a soupy mess, but the crew did a remarkable job to get it back into playable condition … just in time for Jesus Flores to pop out and end the game on the first at-bat after the 1-hour, 41-minute rain delay. The gang stayed up late into the night trying to clean up all the “Diamond-Dry” it had to use to get the infield dirt back into usable shape and had it looking good for the start of yesterday’s game.

Then in the fifth inning, the rains came again, forcing another mad scramble to keep everything together. Props to the crew — it’s a thankless job, but they came through and helped both teams get two complete games in during a wet weekend.

BY THE NUMBERS

6 Nationals in yesterday’s starting lineup who entered with batting averages lower than pitcher Matt Chico’s .267 — Jesus Flores (.263), Ronnie Belliard (.262), Ryan Zimmerman (.249), Felipe Lopez (.246), Robert Fick (.189) and Ryan Langerhans (.148).

TOMORROW’S GAME

Dodgers RHP Brad Penny (6-1, 2.26) vs. Nationals RHP Jason Simontacchi (2-2, 4.37), 7:05 p.m., MASN, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

Mark Zuckerman

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