(Photo of TV/MASN by Nationals Enquirer staff. Craig Stammen earned the honor of wearing the Nats' Silver Elvis wig for his performance on Monday night. During a fourth inning jam, he didn't look long for the majors.)
"It's just a whole different ballgame - to manage, to watch - when your starter's out there relatively deep in the ballgame."
(Jim Riggleman, via Nats Insider, 4/19/2010)
Nationals 5, Rockies 2: Craig Stammen's bus to Syracuse got a flat tire on the Beltway on it's way to pick him up during the 4th inning. Somehow, Stammen escaped that bases loaded jam and made it through eight mostly solid innings.
Unfortunately, nobody was there to see it: 11,623, good for the smallest (announced) crowd in Nationals Park, and franchise, history. Somewhere, Peter Angelos is smiling.
Stammen's line: 8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5K, 100 pitches - 65 strikes. Just a little better than his last start in Philly.
Hey, nice night for Big Willie Harris: 2-4, HR, 4 RBI.Not in a million years did we think the Nats would be 7-6 13 games into the season.
Somehow Ron Villone snuck under the radar and re-signed with the Nationals.