The Washington Times - July 22, 2009, 08:44PM

Boy, things have really picked up in the last 15 minutes or so. In that time, we’ve seen…

— Craig Stammen allow only one of the Mets’ first 18 batters to reach base.


— Cristian Guzman make perhaps the dumbest error of the season, directly leading to a run.

— Josh Willingham crush a 2-run homer to give the Nats the lead back.

Stammen absolutely cruised for five innings. He retired the first 12 men he faced with little effort, and though David Wright broke up the perfect game bid with a leadoff single in the fifth, Stammen made it through the rest of that inning and through the first two batters of the sixth with no trouble whatsoever.

Then Angel Pagan hit a line drive to left-center that Nyjer Morgan took a bad route on. By the time Morgan got the ball and fired it to Guzman, Pagan had coasted into third base with a triple. But for reasons inexplicable to anyone in this ballpark not named Cristian Guzman, the shortstop rifled a throw toward Ryan Zimmerman. Only it went 10 feet wide of the base and landed in the Mets’ dugout. Basically, it was horrible execution of a completely pointless throw, and it allowed the Mets to tie the game 1-1.

I know the Nats have committed a ridiculous number of errors this season, but I defy you to name three worse than this one.

In the end, it’s all good, because Willingham crushed a 2-1 pitch from Mike Pelfrey in the bottom of the sixth over the left-field bullpen. That scored Adam Dunn, and so the Nats have retaken a 3-1 lead, with Stammen still on the mound and doing his best right-handed impersonation of John Lannan.