Well, you can say that the Nationals are pitching fairly well of late. How well you ask? In the last five games, including today’s 4-1 victory over the Reds, Washington has allowed just six runs, which translates to just 1.2 runs/game. Short of surrounding your pitchers with the Bad News Bears, you are going to win a lot of games pitching that well. And today, Edwin Jackson became the latest Nat to throttle the opposition, pitching a complete game, striking out nine and allowing just one run on two hits. Oh, and the normally inefficient Jackson did it throwing only 92 pitches, 67 for strikes.
Tomorrow, the Nationals go for the four-game series sweep over the Reds, with Ross Detwiler, the pitcher who started this great run, taking the hill against Mike Leake. Let’s hope we can send the Commies back to Cincinnati in utter humiliation.
Game ball(s): Jackson. He was dominant and efficient, which was just gravy, allowing the Nats bullpen to rest after last night’s 13-inning affair.
Goat(s): Reds hitters, who continued to struggle in the series, only mustering two hits and one run for the game.
Bryce Harper is not as far off: Jesus Flores. You can’t ask more from your backup catcher than to receive a gem like Jackson’s and go 3-3 with a walk and run driven in.
Current Record: 7-2