The Washington Nationals (6-7), after allowing a run in the top of the ninth inning, have come back to defeat the visiting Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 in the tenth.
Jayson Werth, despite being zero for five in the scorebook, basically won the game singlehandedly in the bottom of the tenth. After yet another empty Rick Ankiel at-bat, Werth hit a sharp grounder to Milwaukee shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, whose throw was up the line, hitting Brewers's first baseman Prince Fielder's glove and the runner Werth at the same time, allowing the Nationals' prize offseason acquisition to reach second on just the fifth error of the season for Milwaukee (7-6). Werth stole third as Milwaukee's defense fell asleep in the shift for lefty Adam LaRoche, and Werth then scored on LaRoche's scorcher to Fielder. Double clutch throw or not, Werth was so far up the line he was winning this game for Washington whether Cecil's kid made a miraculous play or not.
The Nats look to get to .500 at home tomorrow as veteran righthander Jason Marquis takes on young Brewers stud Yovani Gallardo. First pitch is 1:05pm from Nationals Park.
The Washington Nationals took full advantage of Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Chris Narveson's inability to find the strike zone in the second inning, and it has helped them maintain a 3-2 lead over the Brew Crew at Nationals Park going into the sixth inning. Narveson came into the game sporting a 0.00 ERA in 13 innings of work.
However, the Nationals were able to get on base in the second and soon had all the ducks on the pond. Narveson then walked third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. and Nationals starter Tom Gorzelanny, which also walked in two runs. Later, left fielder Michael Morse scored on a sacrifice fly by Danny Espinosa.
Offensively, the Nationals are having another big night out of catcher Wilson Ramos, who is playing in his second consecutive game. He is 2-for-2 with two singles, a run scored and a .500 batting average.
Gorzelanny was cruising until the fifth inning, when Brewers catcher Wil NIeves hit a double. Gorzelanny followed that by giving up a two out, two-run home run to the Brewers' Rickie Weeks.
Washington Nationals southpaw Tom Gorzelanny (0-1, 8.44 ERA) will look to reverse D.C.'s fortunes and his own against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park during a Friday night game under the lights. The Nationals are on a two-game losing streak thanks to facing some tough pitching in a series with Philadelphia.
Gorzelanny wants to erase the memory of his first start of the season against the New York Mets on April 9, when he went five innings and gave up five earned runs in a 8-4 loss. The stars have aligned so Gorzelanny and the Nationals will be facing Milwaukee's Chris Narveson (1-0), who is enjoying a comfortable 0.00 ERA through 13 innings pitched.
The Nats will also look to get their offense going and hope to get performances like those from catcher Wilson Ramos. Built like a rhino and hitting like Thor, Ramos has become a powerhouse for the Nationals, with 10 hits in 22 at-bats and a .455 average. Second baseman Danny Espinosa returns to the leadoff spot in the lineup. He is tied for second with Ryan Zimmerman with the most team walks (7) and has been showing incredible patience at the plate.
Friday's game also marks the first time former Nationals centerfielder Nyjer Morgan returns to the Nation's Capital since being traded to Milwaukee during Spring Training. Morgan has come out of the gate hot for the Brewers, hitting .476, but he will not be in tonight's starting lineup.
For those who were looking forward to nostalgic Nationals reunions, you are in luck. Former Nats backup catcher Wll NIeves will be starting behind the plate for the Brew Crew.