- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 12, 2009

SEEN AND HEARD AT MINUTE MAID PARK

HOUSTON — Though closer Mike MacDougal gave up Geoff Blum’s walk-off single in the ninth inning Friday after allowing a three-run homer to the Astros’ Lance Berkman on Thursday, Nationals manager Manny Acta said he was happy with the job MacDougal has done since taking the role. He has yet to blow a save in five chances.

“He’s been a little bit erratic, but overall he’s done a good job,” Acta said.

BY THE NUMBERS

10-34 Road record for the Nationals this season, the worst in the major leagues.

SUNDAY’S GAME

Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann

Record, ERA: 3-3, 4.52

Astros RHP Brian Moehler

Record, ERA: 5-5, 5.52

Time: 2:05 p.m. TV: MASN

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