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Drew Storen Experiences Adversity For The First Time

It was bound to happen sooner or later for Drew Storen. The Nationals' other pitching prodigy had been lights out in his first couple relief appearances, but he finally experienced some troubles in last night's win over the Giants. In one and a third innings, Storen gave up a single and walked a batter in giving up an unearned run, the first run he's given up as a member of the Nationals.

SB Nation's Federal Baseball chronicled Storen's inning and a third here.

Nats' right-hander Drew Storen enters the game in the sixth with a runner on third and strikes Juan Uribe out on three pitches!! A slider high and outside for a called first strike, a fastball off the plate for a swinging strike two and a slider off the outside edge for a called strike three when Uribe can't hold up. Storen gives up a one-out single and a walk in the seventh and the Giants score a run on a throwing error by Ian Desmond to make it 7-3 Nationals...1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 29 pitches, 17 strikes.     

Storen's struggles forced Jim Riggleman to use Tyler Clippard in a game he probably preferred not to. That's unfortunate, because Clippard has already been overworked this year.