Josh Willingham hits 2 grand slams as Nats rout Brewers

Nats’ Win Is Worth 2 GrandThe Post
Willingham smashes two grand slamsThe Wash. Times
I guess it was about three weeks ago (against Houston I believe) when someone on Twitter came up with a funny nickname for OF Josh Willingham — Ham Solo. Willingham had hit about ten home runs so far in the season, all of them solo. Naturally, just about as soon as I saw that nickname, he hit his first multi-run homer of the year. Entering last night, only 2 of his 14 homers were with men on base. His 15th and 16th homers came with the bases full though — two grand slams in one game! That happens less frequently than perfect games. They were the difference in the Nats 14-6 victory in Milwaukee. Adam Dunn nearly hit a grand slam before Willingham, hitting a ball into the fourth deck, but foul. Ten of Nats runs came off of Brewers starter Jeff Suppan.

Craig Stammen, Washington’s starter, left one out short of the five innings, giving up five runs. I think he was probably pretty happy about Willingham bailing him out.

Ryan Zimmerman also homered.

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Making batters put the ball in play has worked out well for John Lannan as the pitcher is not having to throw as many pitches to get through an inning. His strike out totals have gone down, but his innings have gone up.

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