This was a solidly won game against a future playoff team. What’s not to love? The Nationals, suffering from injuries, threw their best lineup against our best lefty. And their starting pitcher, Tanner Roark, pitched well enough to keep the Nationals in the game. But we out-pitched them, out-hit them, and played good defense.
Sean Newcomb delivered one of his best games: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 S. He threw 93 pitches, and he might have come back out for the 8th if he wasn’t due up in the bottom of the 7th. He finishes the month of May 5-1 with a 1.54 ERA in 35 IP. We may look back on the month of May as the time he turned the corner.
Dan Winkler and Arodys Vizcaino did their jobs by pitching scoreless innings each. Winkler had 2 K’s, and Vizzy struck out the side. And more importantly, this keeps the pen sort of rested for the rest of the series.
Newcomb has joined Folty to form what has turned into a strong 1-2, lefty-righty duo. Both of them are striking out over 10 per 9, and while they need to improve their walk rates (both over 4 per 9), they have been stingy on hits, both limiting hits to around 7 per 9. FIP likes them too; Newcomb is 13th in MLB with Folty 26th.