Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel, who was coming off of a complete game shutout his last start vs. the Braves on June 16th, came through for the O’s once again earning his eighth win of the season by defeating the Nationals 2-1 on Friday night. Baltimore also ends a three game losing streak following a disasterous series vs. the Mets.
This game being known as the Battle of the Beltways started out in a rain delay that lasted an hour and five minutes. Hammel came into this game with a 3-0 record and 3.55 ERA vs. Washington.
Earlier in May of this season during the first series between these two teams the O’s took two of three games from the Nationals. The O’s take the first game of this second series with the help of Hammel’s eight innings, five hits, zero earned runs and ten strikeouts. Closer Jim Johnson also recorded his twenty-first save which is the second most in the league.
The Orioles won despite scoring less runs than the Nationals league leading earn run average of 3.05. Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann who came into this game with three straight no decisions, not winning a game since May 22nd, Zimmermann’s record now vs. the O’s goes to 1-2.
Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds tonight hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning but also made a crucial throwing error at first which let in the Nationals only run giving him a plus/minus of zero for the evening. Another Oriole who has been struggling is outfielder/first baseman Chris Davis who went 0-4 tonight and is 0 for his last 24 at bats. His last base hit was back on June 14th vs. the Pirates.
Game 2 of the Battle of Beltways series part 2 continues at Camden Yards tomorrow.
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)