- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 11, 2008

SEEN AND HEARD AT PNC PARK

PITTSBURGH - This is quite possibly the best ballpark in America (at least it is in this writer’s eyes).

But it does have a few unfortunate quirks, such as the field’s southeast orientation. There aren’t many ballparks out there that point this direction, and it led to a problem for the Nationals in the first inning when center fielder Lastings Milledge couldn’t see Nate McLouth’s leadoff line drive to his left.

Milledge probably wouldn’t have caught the ball on the fly, but because he had to stop and shield his eyes from the sun, he was late to get to it, and that allowed McLouth to stretch a single into a double (and eventually score).

- Mark Zuckerman

OVERHEARD

“I’m just going to go out there and hit the ball somewhere.”

- Ronnie Belliard, who returned to the Nationals’ lineup Tuesday after three weeks on the disabled list with a strained calf

TONIGHT’S GAME

Nationals LHP John Lannan Record, ERA: 4-6, 3.47

Pirates RHP Ian Snell Record, ERA: 2-6, 5.65

Time: 7:05 p.m. TV: MASN2

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