Here comes the Hammer.Â There goes the baseball.Â Washington Nationals right fielder Josh Willingham, aka The Hammer, had 4 hits in 4 at bats including 2 doubles and the game winning 2-run homer.Â The lowly Nats took 2 of 3 from the visiting New York Mets who have a day to sit in the corner (otherwise known as Houston) and think about what they’ve done before playing the resurgent Astros Friday night.
The Nationals who boast the 29th worst team ERA (5.13) of the 30 teams in baseball (Cleveland is the only other team over 5.00 at 5.27) have in the last 2 games allowed only 1 run to the Mets on 11 hits.
The Nats took a 1-0 lead off Mike Pelfrey (7-6) in the 4th on a Ronnie Belliard sacrifice fly.Â The Mets tied the game in the top of the 6th when Angel Pagan tripled then scored on a throwing error by Nats shortstop Christian Guzman.
But in the bottom of the 6th, Adam Dunn led off with a line drive to right that defensive whiz Jeff Francoeur lost in the lights for a gift double.Â One out later Willingham swung his hammer and blasted a home run over the left field wall giving the Nats the lead for good.
Hammer laid waste to a quality start by Pelfrey who allowed the 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks over 7 innings.Â Unfortunately for him, me and you, the Met offense could not solve the mystery that is the Nats pitching staff, and the Nats won 3-1.
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