The Washington Nationals won their weird two game interleague series with the Detroit Tigers with a 5-4 win yesterday (Boxscore). Since it started at 4:05 p.m. I listened to it during the last part of work. I then had a 3-hour commute to get home (with several stops), so having Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler calling the win was really good.
The Nats jumped all over Detroit starter Doug Fister, scoring five runs off of him in the first two innings. They knocked him out after 3 innings, surely limiting television viewers from many terrible Fister jokes. Charlie & Dave had their share and delivered them well — they had to, otherwise the writers get offended.
Those five D.C. runs came off of only one extra-base hit, a leadoff double by Denard Span to open the game. Singles, walks and a hit-by-pitch led the way for the rest of the runs. The bats went cold after the 2nd though as the Tigers bullpen shut the door.
Dan Haren pitched decently through 5 innings, giving up only one run on a RBI single by Fister. However, a walk and a bunt single in the 6th set the table for PH Matt Tuiasosopo to homer and bring the game within one. Ryan Mattheus, Drew Storen held the Tigers scoreless in the 7th and 8th.
The Nats bullpen held on and everybody untucked their jerseys after Rafael Soriano‘s 12th save. The untucking trend (DC Sports Bog, The Post) is kind of stupid, but if they do it 11 times in October, I won’t complain.
The Tigers haven’t beaten the Nats since 2009. To my friend J.J. in Michigan, I reminded him of this: