The Washington Times - June 18, 2009, 07:16PM

By this time tonight, the Nationals expected to be on a charter flight back to Washington. Instead, they’re three innings into a game against the Yankees following a five-hour and 26-minute rain delay.

But now we’re through three innings at Yankee Stadium, and the Nats are winning again. They’ve scored first now in all six games of this road trip.


They took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on back-to-back doubles from Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn. Everybody’s in getaway-day mode, swinging at the first pitch like it’s a weekend softball game. Craig Stammen has thrown 28 pitches through three innings, having given up one hit so far.

Right when the game started, the Yankees announced fans could move into the lower levels as a thank-you for waiting out the long delay. The mad dash for the exits looked like something you’d see in Pamplona during the Running of the Bulls. The uber-expensive seats (the first eight rows behind the plate) are still blocked, but a lot of fans probably got a $250 to $300 upgrade. Classy move there.