Milledge made right decision
After Friday’s game, a few people wondered if Nationals center fielder Lastings Milledge would have been able to score on a double by Ryan Zimmerman in the third inning. The answer is no.
With runners on second and third and one out, Zimmerman took a pitch from Braves right-hander Derek Lowe and hit the ball to deep right field. Nationals third-base coach Pat Listach, first-base coach Marquis Grissom and manager Manny Acta thought that outfielder Jeff Francoeur caught the ball. In truth, the ball went over Francoeur’s head. Shairon Martis scored, but Milledge advanced only to third.
The Nationals lost sight of the ball after it went near the lighted scoreboard in right field. Francoeur quickly retrieved the ball and threw it back to the infield.
“I don’t think the ball went far away from Francoeur,” Acta said. “You could go either way with it. It looked like he was going to catch it. Even Zimmerman thought he caught the ball. The new stadiums these days have those lights on the wall and it really makes it hard on the base runners and coaches. Once the ball bounced and went into those lights, you can’t see it.”