So it’s only a two-game winning streak, but I’ll take it and so will you!
Not only is it two straight in the win column, but look how the Nationals did it. Back-to-back solid performances on the hill from a couple of veteran pitchers Livan Hernandez and Jason Marquis were the key. Livo went eight innings against the Mets and got the win, then Jason said, ‘Anything you can do, I can do better,’ so he went out and fired a five-hit complete game against the reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
For Marquis, it’s his seventh career complete game and first since 2009 when he blanked the Dodgers in L.A., 3-0 as a member of the Colorado Rockies. What made it even sweeter was he beat Tim Lincecum, who has picked up back-to-back Cy Young awards in the National league.
You’ve got to love both these guys; Livo for his casual approach to the game and Jason for battling back from elbow surgery last season. What we saw against the Giants was exactly the kind of outing manager Jim Riggleman expected from the native New Yorker.
The Nats’ skipper, never one to get too high or too low, knows full well the pitching has been carrying this team through the first month of the season. When the bats catch up, it’s gonna be fun.
One guy who seems to have broken out is Ian Desmond. You can credit being a new dad, a couple of days off, or just swinging a hot bat, but Desmond has come back to the club after that paternity leave hotter than the Florida sun in August. Combining his numbers for the past two games, he’s hit for the cycle with a home run and triple against the Mets, followed by a double and single against the Giants. Hernandez and Marquis both got it done with the bat as well.
As Willie Harris told me before the Mets game Thursday night, his former club is going to be just fine when all the pieces start fitting together at the same time. They have done just that the last two nights. Now they’ve got to take the momentum and run with it.