The Washington Times - July 9, 2009, 09:27PM

For a game that started May 5, the Nats sure are feeding off the momentum it generated. OK, maybe not, but they’re up 4-2 after three innings, beating up ragged Astros starter Russ Ortiz.

Washington scored twice in the first and twice more in the third, knocking Ortiz out of the game after three innings. He threw 68 pitches in the first three innings, and while he could be hurt, manager Cecil Cooper was probably smart to take Ortiz out.


John Lannan hasn’t been sharp, but he’s been getting better throughout the season at limiting the big inning. He’s given up five hits through three innings, but struck out Ivan Rodriguez with runners on second and third in the first inning, and stranded Carlos Lee at third in the third inning.

One other footnote from the first game: the Nats have now swept a series this year. They beat Houston 9-4 in the first game of the two-game series that concluded with tonight’s resumption of the May 5 suspended game. Two games might not be a real sweep, but when you’re the Nats, you take what you can get. It also means they technically tied their longest win streak of the year at three, and won six of seven between May 2-9.

Yep, those were the glory days.