As a sports fan, I relish victories and try to forget defeats. One of the side effects of this coping mechanism of fandom is I overlook great great achievements in losing efforts.
The Hero: Craig Stammen
The Situation: Inning 6, Game 1 against the Cardinals, April 22.
Dan Haren started the 6th inning tied 2-2. Haren was looking in control and Davey was hoping Haren could complete the 6th inning after letting him hit in the bottom of the 5th. Haren, rewarded that trust by immediately plunking Matt Holiday. Beltran singled and then Molina singled to right scoring Holiday. Cards go up by one. Then pitching one batter too many, Harren walks David Freese to load the bases.
Enter our hero Craig Stammen
First batter is Jon Jay, who appears to the Cardinals version of Danny Espinoza First two fastballs in the dirt (thanks Suzuki). Third pitch, bouncer to 1st base, home to Suzuki, back to Laroche for a 3-2-3 double play.
At this point with the game gets fun. The number 8 hitter Pete Kozma comes up to bat in a situation similar to game 5 of the NLDS last year, when Kozma hit the game winning RBI in the bottom of the 9th. This year, Davey puts Kozma on first to load the bases. This leads to the snark meter spiking on Twitter.
Stammen then follows it up with a five pitch strike out of the Pitcher Shelby Miller. This performance kept the Nationals in the game. They would go on to lose 3-2 anyway, but it was great achievement in losing.
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