May 27, 2011: Washington Nationals vs San Diego Padres

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Game: #050 – Nationals vs. Padres
Starting Pitchers: John Lannan (2-5, 5.03) vs. Clayton Richard (2-5, 4.85)
Final Score: Nationals: 2, Padres: 1

It’s been weeks since either of the First Ladies went to a game – two weeks in fact, because the Nats have been on an unsuccessful road trip. They tried to make up for it with Friday night’s game though.

The game started out with a nice tribute to Harmon Killebrew, a former Senator’s player. Later, Abe came out with a tribute of his own – to Macho Man Randy Savage.

Ashley’s husband, Drew, has been in school and living in another state for the past two years, so he got to experience his first game in a while. Ashley tried to warn him that all games won’t be like this…

Michael Morse warmed up in the outfield with some high steps. This shot makes it look like he’s doing a little jig, appropriate considering how the rest of the game went for him.

John Lannan pitched for almost 8 innings and did a great job holding the Padres scoreless.

Werth didn’t have many balls come his way, so he just hung out in right field.

As you might have guessed from the first picture, there was a huge storm that rolled through the stadium at the top of the 4th. The rain was fast and fierce, but it blew through in about fifteen minutes. Ashley used the time to punch out ballots, although she did not get nearly enough to earn one of the better rewards (watch batting practice from the field for 5,000 and hold the finish line of the President’s Race for 10,000).

Bernadina is called out after sliding into 2nd.

Morse makes an out at 1st. My favorite part of this picture is Storen casually standing in the background watching the play.

The game was tied at 1-1 going into the bottom of the 9th. Drew turned to Ashley and tiredly asked, “how much longer do you want to stay.” Ashley optimistically stated that the game would be over in the 9th, and she was quickly rewarded by Morse hitting a walk off home run.

Sometimes it seems like the players are merely on the field to earn a paycheck, so it’s nice to see so much enthusiasm when a great play happens. The dugout emptied as everyone ran out to greet Morse after he ran the bases. He was grinning from ear to ear, and we were too.

(full album from this game can be seen here)

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