Josh Willingham became the thirteenth man in MLB history last night to launch two grand slams in the same game, helping power the Nationals to a 14-6 victory.
The hit parade was needed as it bailed out Craig Stammen from his worst start in over a month. The young righty hadn’t allowed more than three earned runs in a start since June 24th in Boston when he gave up six, he gave up five last night in only 4.1 innings pitched.
Stammen’s poor outing isn’t anything to fret about for Nationals fans. The young starter has been more consistent than most his age and was bound to hit a road bump here and there. The good news was it happened against one of the best offenses in the National League. The righty also still had strong control last night, walking none; he simply was just getting hit around.
More surprising than the offensive output for the Nats was their defensive play last night. The club again committed no errors but also had outfield assists from Adam Dunn and Nyjer Morgan.
The power surge from the Nats marks back-to-back nights with exciting Nationals games, last nights excitement coming from Austin Kearns walk off. This is good news for the Nationals and their fans…excitement is desperately needed.
Kearns two grand slams were part of four that thrilled Major League Baseball last night. The Mets Fernando Tatis hit a grand slam to give his team the lead last night in the eighth, and former National Alfonso Soriano hit a walk off grand slam last night for the cubs.
Notes: former National Felipe Lopez went 3/5 in the contest last night, he is currently batting .305 for the Brewers, and playing a very good defensive second base.