Peacock Blanks Mets, Nats Win 2-0
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Brad Peacock got his first major league win Wednesday, when he held the Mets scoreless over five innings in his first career start. Peacock was the Nationals Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2011, and went 15-3 with a 2.39 ERA and 177 strikeouts in 25 games (22 starts) between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse.
The Nationals bullpen put in another strong performance tonight. Tom Gorzelanny came in for a two-inning relief appearance tonight, and allowed two hits, but struck out two as well. Tyler Clippard struck out two in his inning of relief.
Things got a little interesting when Closer Drew Storen came in, as he allowed two walks and only threw 10 strikes in 21 pitches. Storen did complete the save and didn’t allow a run, but he has had a penchant of making things a little interesting over these last few outings.
This is in no way saying that Drew Storen should be, pardon the pun, relieved of his closer duties. Storen is in just his second professional season and has made 11 more appearances this year, totaling 12 1/3 innings more than last year.
The Nationals offense was held by Mike Pelfrey – who was let down by his defense. Pelfrey struck out Brad Peacock to start the third inning, but David Wright allowed Ian Desmond to reach base after an error. That error lead to the Nationals two runs. Michael Morse singled in Desmond, followed by Jayson Werth driving in Ryan Zimmerman.
With the win tonight, the Nationals have now won four straight, and five of six. The Nats have held the Mets offense in check this series, and will look for the sweep tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 pm. The game can be heard live on The Fan. Tommy Milone (0-0, 6.30 ERA) will take the bump against Chris Schwinden (0-1, 9.00 ERA).
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