Reporting Brendan Darr
September call-up Stephen Lombardozzi came through with his first big-league hit (in his 15th at-bat) and it was a memorable one, as he singled home Brian Bixler in the 7th inning to give the Nationals a 3-2 lead. Lombardozzi is one of the Nationals top prospects in their farm system, and was named the Nationals Minor League Player of the Year.
Lombardozzi was the Nationals 19th-round pick in 2008. In his minor league career, he’s hit .309 with eight home runs and 30 steals in 134 games between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse.
The Nationals also had strong performances from the pitching mound. Ross Detwiler went 5 2/3 innings allowing 2 runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out two. Todd Coffey made a brief appearance, striking out the only batter he faced. Clip n’ Save – Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen – finished the night off with three innings of work between the two and struck out two batters.
The Mets also had a strong night of pitching, with starter R.A. Dickey going 7 innings and allowing the three runs on eight hits, but struck out 7.
The Nationals started the scoring off in the 5th inning when Wilson Ramos singled home Jayson Werth. In the 6th inning Rick Ankiel singled home Ryan Zimmerman, to put the Nats up 2-0. The Mets would respond in the bottom of the 6th when David Wright singled home Justin Turner. The next batter, Angel Pagan, doubled scoring Lucas Duda. Lombardozzi got the game’s final run in the 7th.
The Nationals and Mets face off for game 2 of their 4 game series tonight, when Chien-Ming Wang (2-3, 4.43 ERA) faces Dillon Gee (12-6, 4.42 ERA) at 7:10. You can listen to the game live on The Fan with pre-game starting at 6:30.