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Starting pitcher Craig Stammen was perfect through three innings and the Nationals out hit the Red Sox and still fell to them last night, 6-4, in front of 41,530 fans. Once again, the Nationals broke their own attendance record, set the previous night, but the home crowd wasn’t enough to rally the team. Stammen gave up home runs to David Ortiz and Jason Varitek, scoring five of the Sox six runs.
“When you play against a team in that category, you have to play perfect baseball,” said Manager Manny Acta. “And today, one pitch basically cost us the game.”
A scary moment happened early in the game. On a broken bat grounder by Elijah Dukes in the second inning, both the ball and the splintered bat flew at Sox shortstop Nick Green. Green avoided getting hit by the bat but missed the ball, giving Dukes a hit. The bat finally landed stuck upright in the ground.
Late in the game, the Nationals tried to rally back by scoring runs in the 6th and 7th innings off of a single by Josh Willingham and a triple by Cristian Guzman. In the eighth inning Adam Dunn, who started the game on the bench due to a sore wrist, pinch hit with a runner on first and two outs. He drew a walk, bringing the winning run to the plate in the form of Ronnie Belliard who struck out swinging. This was the closest the Nationals would come as Jonathan Papelbon mowed down the side in order for his 17th save of the season.
Some notes about tonight’s game:
Jordan Zimmermann faces off against pitching great John Smoltz in his first start for Boston. When John Smoltz debuted on July 23, 1988, Zimmermann was only two years old. Zimmermann also went up against another future Hall of Fame pitcher this season: Randy Johnson in his 300th win.
With a home run last night, David Ortiz is now tied with Adam Dunn with 296 career home runs. Dunn has an advantage over Ortiz, as he averages 13.9 at bats per home run while Ortiz is at 16.43 at bats per home run. Dunn hit his last home run on June 17th against the New York Yankees.
In other Nationals news:
- Last night, the Nationals welcomed their 10 millionth fan
- Nats recall RHP Tyler Clippard at the expense of Kip Wells
Last night, Boston came to town for the first time and
showed the Nationals why they have won two out of the last five World Series’
the Nats 11-3 in front of 41,517 fans- a Nationals Park record. The
game was more competitive than the score indicates, as it was tied through six
innings. Ryan Zimmerman snapped an 0-for-17 skid, going 2-for-3 with one walk
and 2 runs scored, and Cristian Guzman has recorded 6 consecutive multi-hit
games, going 14-for-30 (.466) with 2 doubles and 4 runs scored during the tear.
Also starter John
Lanan went 6.1 innings giving up three runs on nine hits, though he did
not factor into the decision as he left with a tie game. Julian
Tavarez, pitching against his former team, gave up the go ahead run in
the sixth. The Sox opened up the lead even more in the eighth when they scored
six runs off of reliever
“Our situational hitting is not up to par,” said Manager Manny Acta. “We had a
chance there to take the lead and build some momentum. We just couldn’t score a
The Nationals face the Red Sox tonight at 7:05 when RHP Craig Stammen faces LHP
In other Nationals News:
- Even through tough times, Nats’ young pitching rotation still
- Red Sox pitcher John Smoltz talks
about his experiences working with Nationals President Stan Kasten
- Pitcher Matt Chico, recovering from Tommy John surgery, on
the road to recovery
Rain delayed the game 5 hour and 26 minutes. Then, RHP Craig Stammen dampened the spirits of the Yankees. The Nats finished up their six-game AL road trip by beating the Yankees twice on back-to-back nights. Stammen and the Nats bullpen kept the Yankees potent lineup off of the board for only the second time this season in the 3-0 victory. It was the first time they were shut out at their new Stadium. Stammen picked up his first Major League win with a solid performance and Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-5 with two runs and a RBI.
- Adam Dunn got it done at DH. Of course, he won’t have that luxury at Nationals Park. In four games as the DH, he batted .455 (5-for-11) with three RBI, five walks and a .625 on-base percentage.
- With the 3-0 victory last night, the Nats pitching staff snapped a 74-game streak without a shutout. The last Nats shutout was a 1-0 victory over the Mets on September 16, 2008.