The Washington Nationals snuck by the New York Mets again on Tuesday night as for the second consecutive night they beat the Mets by the score of 3-2. Starter Chien-Ming Wang pitched another good game going five innings and giving up two runs on nine hits, but it was a reliever from the bullpen that was the hero of the night.
That reliever was Craig Stammen who came into the game in the bottom of the sixth after reliever Doug Slaten let the game get away from him. Slaten left Stammen two men on base with no outs and the game tied at 2-2. However Stammen was able to get out of the critical situation by striking out Nick Evans, getting Josh Thole to ground out and Mike Baxter to fly out. Then in the top of the seventh Stammen was able to hit a single off Mets reliever Dale Thayer. This would be a crucial at-bat as later in the inning Ryan Zimmerman was able to cash him in with a RBI single to win the game. Closer Drew Storen successfully closed out the ninth inning with his 36th save of the season.
Rick Ankiel and Michael Morse contributed the other two Nationals RBIs. Stammen ended up getting the win which is well deserved.