The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals 7-3 on Tuesday night, September 6, 2011, however, it was an exciting evening for Nats fans.
The long awaited return of Stephen Strasburg was almost delayed or postponed thanks to heavy rain in the DC area. Mother Nature cooperated and the game started on time and Strasburg threw five scoreless innings. Just like his MLB debut on June 8, 2010, Strasburg exceeded the hype.
See the Nats News Network game review here.
In addition to the fantastic pitching by Strasburg, there were four MLB debuts in the last three innings of the game to keep fans in their seats and wait through the thirty-one minute rain delay.
RHP BRAD PEACOCK - Entered the game in the middle of the sixth inning and pitched until rain delay. He pitched 1.1 innings giving up four hits, one run and one walk.
LHP Atahualpa Severino - Pitched 0.1 inning and struck out only batter he faced.
INF Steve Lombardozzi - Lead off the 8th inning with a walk while pinch hitting for Henry Rodriguez.
OF Corey Brown - Stepped up the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs and bases loaded. He hit a long ball to left field, but wasn't quite far enough. Brown would have tied up the game with a grand slam and would have been an instant hero. Tough situation for a MLB debut.