- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 22, 2007

A spirited game of MLB 2K7 (that’s a video game for you old-timers) broke out in the Nationals clubhouse before batting practice yesterday, with right-handers Jason Bergmann and Jerome Williams going toe-to-toe in a classic.

Bergmann (playing as the Braves) managed to carry a 6-3 lead into the ninth over Williams (playing as the Brewers), but he put himself into a tough spot because starter Chuck James was ejected after plunking Cory Koskie twice. “It was all an accident,” Bergmann insisted. “They were supposed to be two-seamers in.”

Still, Bergmann was one out from victory, having gotten a pair of strikeouts from closer Bob Wickman. But then Wickman hit the next batter and (because of the previous beanball incidents) was immediately ejected. So now Bergmann had to call upon John Smoltz to record the final out. First pitch to Brady Clark: three-run homer. Game tied. The clubhouse erupted.

The game went into extra innings, but after 10, both guys decided to declare a tie and set up a rematch on a later date.

“We had to go take BP,” Bergmann explained. “Otherwise, I would have won. I had a much deeper team.”

OVERHEARD

“I told him he could take a two-day vacation to the Dominican if he wanted to.”

— Manny Acta on reliever Jesus Colome, who threw three scoreless innings Friday night and is unavailable for the rest of this weekend’s series

TODAY’S GAME

Nationals RHP Jerome Williams (0-3, 5.63) at Marlins RHP Wes Obermueller (0-1, 2.45 at Class AAA), 1:05 p.m., MASN, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

Mark Zuckerman

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