(Image via CSN Washington. Josh Willingham earned the rights to the Silver Fox for the second game in a row, thanks to his walk-off heroics in the 10th on Sunday. By our count, he's the first Nationals player to earn back-to-back Silver Fox honors.)
"Going into a big road trip like this, you always want to win a game like this. Hopefully you can carry the emotion into the road trip."
(Josh Willingham, via The Goessling Game/MASNSports.com, 5/23/2010)
Hammering it home!
Nationals 4, Orioles 3: Capps finally blows one, but Hammer picks him up with walk-off homerun in the 10th.
Nats take D.C. leg of 2010 Battle of the Beltways, 2-1.
Poor John Lannan deserved a W for the effort. Lannan's line: 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 2 K.
Drew Storen picks up first hit in first AB. Also throws 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Nyjer Morgan gets the start in center, doesn't cost any runs this time out -- scored one, in fact -- although he had his adventures: on a collision w/Willingham, near crash into Maxwell. Meanwhile, from the day-late-dollar-short department, Riggleman considered benching him today:
"I thought about it. I got to do what's best for the ball club. And I've got to keep in mind that Nyjer has been struggling. I don't want to kick him while he's down. He's a vital part of this ball club. He plays hard. That's what I ask - play hard, give me a good effort. He always does that. He made a mistake. He misread where the ball was."
(Jim Riggleman, via Nationals Journal, 5/23/2010)
Onward (and hopefully upward) to California.