If you had told me a little more than two hours ago that the Nationals would take down the Giants tonight, I would suggest that you had been hanging out with Ryan Mallett recently. If you had told me the Giants would be the team on the wrong end of a shutout, then I would have concluded that Janoris Jenkins slipped into your party as well. With Tim Lincecum toeing the rubber for the defending World Champs, and the Nationals proclivity for the strikeout, by all appearances it was going to be a tough night.
Indeed it was. For the Giants.
In 96 pitches, for one night, Jason Marquis outclassed the two-time Cy Young award winner, thoroughly stifling the Giants bats. Allowing only five hits and no walks, while tossing in an impressive seven strikeouts for the ground ball machine, the Nationals got all of the offense they needed with a two run homer from Laynce Nix in the bottom of the second. For good measure, Marquis brought the lumber too, driving in the third and final run in the bottom of the fifth, plating Ian Desmond with a single. All in all, a great night for the Washington Nationals.
Game 25 Natties
Game ball(s): Jason Marquis did it all tonight. Masterful pitching and even drove in one off The Franchise.
Goat(s): Any time you can beat Tiny Tim, there are no goats. God bless every one of those Nats!
Bryce Harper is a ways off: Ian Desmond. Who knew Manny was on to something. Having a kid does spark the bat.
Current Record: 12-13