The Washington Nationals shocked and blanked the San Francisco Giants 2-0 on Monday night behind a tremendous pitching performance from left handed pitcher Tom Gorzelanny and a mistake by Giants third baseman Miguel Tejada. The Nationals end up taking the four game series from the defending World Champs three games to one. Monday's game was a short one only taking two hours and two minutes to complete.
Gorzelanny went eight-innings giving up three hits, no runs and striking out four in his first win of the 2011 season. He only gave up two hits to Aaron Rowand and one to Buster Posey and never really ran into trouble although there were a couple of nice defensive plays made behind him to prevent damage on the bases and runs. Reliever Drew Storen came in to pitch the ninth and earned his sixth save of the year while sporting a 0.56 ERA.
The break for the Nationals came in the seventh-inning when with two outs catcher Wilson Ramos hit a single past a slow Tejada who couldn't make a play. Shortstop Ian Desmond singled next moving Ramos to third. First baseman Michael Morse then came to the plate and took the first pitch he saw right up the middle to score Ramos. Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner then ran into more trouble on the next batter as he gave up an RBI double to left fielder Jerry Hairston Jr. It was all the Nationals would need to win the night and the series.
The Nats move to .500 again with a 14-14 record and are now in third place in the NL East.