- The Washington Times - Monday, July 9, 2007

 It was the kind of play that usually only works in sandlots.

 Brewers pitcher Chris Capuano stood in to face Tim Redding with no outs and a runner on first in the third inning. The left-handed batter squared to bunt and Redding jammed him inside. The result was a little blooper back toward the mound.

 Redding could have easily caught the ball but instead let it land just to his left. The schoolyard play worked and turned into a double play. Runner Craig Counsell was paralyzed at first, anticipating a catch, and was forced out at second. Capuano did not even run, and the 1-6-3 double play was complete.

 “It”s not like we practice the play in spring training,” said Redding, who figured he would try it since he noticed Capuano was not running out of the box.

 Capuano likely thought the infield fly rule would be in effect, but that only comes into play with runners on first and second.

 Redding then led off the next inning with a single to left.


“Enjoy yourself. Great work. Don”t do anything stupid.”

Nationals manager Manny Acta’s parting advice to his team, which enters the All-Star break after winning two straight games

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