Nationals manager Matt Williams had these thoughts on Drew Storen working out of a jam in the ninth inning to record his first save of the season in a 4-3 win at Miami:
"Certainly, the (Giancarlo) Stanton homer, and then the ball kind of inside the line at first. But Drew made a pitch when he had to make a pitch. That is all that matters for us."
Why didn't Williams use closer Rafael Soriano in that situation?
"Well, we decided to give him a couple of days," Williams explained. "Not just Monday. The amount of pitches that he threw Monday and certainly his workload before that, we decided to give him a couple of days. Once Tanner (Roark) got deep in the game, then we were able to go to (Tyler) Clippard and Drew to close it out. Sori should be ready to go tomorrow. It all worked out the way we wanted it to work out."
What did Williams think of Roark's seven innings with only one run allowed?
"Tanner continues to pitch well for us," the manager said. "Does a lot of things well out there. He gave up the home run to (Jordany) Valdespin. But other than that he pitched really well, kept us in the game, allowed us to get some opportunities."
What did Williams think thought of pinch-hitter Scott Hairston's at-bat and his double that started a three-run eighth inning rally?
"He's got to take his pregame work seriously because you never know when the opportunity may arise. That's a perfect situation for him. Once we got him to third base, then we decided to put Nate (McLouth) in there because he's got a little more speed. We had it. That short fly ball with good arms in the outfield, we want to have some more speed. Nice job of hitting by him and recognizing where the ball is in the outfield and taking the extra base."
"That's not easy. It's not easy for anybody. But he's made a real habit of coming through in that situation, especially against left-handed pitching."
The Nats were able to salvage one win in the three-game series at Miami.
"The Marlins are a no-quit, very talented team," WIlliams said. "They pitch well. They play good defense. They've got speed, they've got power.
"They do a lot of things right. They played us very well. I think Monday's game was one of those games. But I take solace in the fact that we gave ourselves an opportunity a couple of those days to win games. So that's all we ask for, that opportunity to have the lead going into that last inning."