SAN FRANCISCO - For the first time in his career as a member of the Nationals, Yunesky Maya posted a quality start today. He’d thrown just 67 pitches in six innings when manager Jim Riggleman decided to take him out, despite the fact he’d allowed just one run on four hits and managed to pitch out of a jam in the sixth inning.
Oddly enough, it looked like Maya might give the Nationals a better chance than struggling reliever Sean Burnett. And when Burnett came in, he gave up two runs. The Giants have a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning, and the Nationals - whose starting pitchers allowed three runs in this series - will need to rally to win the series.
Maya’s final line for the day: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 67 pitches, 46 strikes. He left with a no-decision, and at the moment, it looks like Burnett is headed for a loss.