Washington 3 SAN DIEGO 2 (ESPN Boxscore)
The talk that John Patterson’s last outing was promising despite the six runs he gave up has been validated. For the first time last night, the #1 starter (in rotation spot, not effectiveness) earned a win and hit 92 MPH on the radar gun. He gave up a mere run, on a Termel Sledge (first National to hit a homer in 2005) homer in the third. He was out after 77 pitches though, but it was enough. Saul Rivera, Ray King, Jon Rauch and Chad Cordero each pitched an inning out of the bullpen. King gave up a run, but still got a hold, as did Rivera and Rauch. Cordero bounced back from Saturday night’s blown save and retired the side in order.
Batting clean-up, Ryan Church scored two runs. Padres starter Jake Peavy lost for the first time last night.
Nationals’ Patterson outduels Padres’ ace – The Wash. Times
Kory Casto, batting .324 for AAA Columbus was recalled yesterday (The Wash. Times). He started in left and got a hit and a RBI.
D’Angelo Jimenez was designated for assignment.
Church’s move to the fourth spot (The Post) in the batting order was part of a larger skakeup that put Dimitri Young in the sixth spot.
Two new parks, financed in part by donations, will be built near the ballpark (The Wash. Examiner).