News item: Tom Gorzelanny pitched into the seventh inning for the first time this year and needed only 79 pitches to get through six, as the Nationals lead the Mets 2-1. The Nationals are yanking him a batter into the seventh, though, after Jayson Werth made an error on the first at-bat of the seventh inning. They're getting Tyler Clippard to face Willie Harris.
Analysis: Put simply, Gorzelanny hasn't been this good all year. He got ahead of hitters early, throwing first-pitch strikes to five of the first seven batters. And even when he started throwing first-pitch balls in the middle innings, he's been able to limit the damage. For the second night in a row, though, manager Jim Riggleman has gone to a reliever in a tight game where his pitcher has a low pitch count; Gorzelanny is done after 85 pitches. It was an encouraging outing, particularly from the standpoint of how well he spotted his fastball. The Nationals will try to pull this one out with Clippard, Drew Storen and Sean Burnett. We'll see if the quick hook on Gorzelanny works.
I'm heading back downstairs to join Johnny Holliday for Nats Xtra, as soon as this one's over. Stay tuned after the game ends.