Washington D.C. Game Day on the Saturday May 28, 2011 before Memorial Day
The visiting San Diego Padres playing before a D.C. crowd of 19,159 relied on strong-armed pitchers to nip the hometown Washington Nationals 2-1. Padres starting pitcher Tim Stauffer (1-2, .3.60 ERA) won his first game in 11 tries with a 4-hit 1 run 7-inning effort.
San Diego’s rookie centerfielder Blake Tekotte collected his first 2 major league hits. In the 4th inning he broke a scoreless tie with a RBI triple and teammate Kyle Phillips singled him home for run number two. Later in the game, Blake Tekotte lined a double for his second major league hit. First baseman Chase Headley had 2 singles in 4 at bats, and scored on Tekotte’s triple.
Tim Stauffer walked 4 and struck out 4. Padres reliever Mike Adams allowed one hit, no runs and had 2 Ks in one inning and relief closer Heath Bell struck out 2 in 1 inning to post his 11th save of 2011 in 12 attempts.
Left fielder Laynce Nix put Washington on the scoreboard with a last of the 7th homer off Tim Stauffer. The blast was #7 and 20 RBIs for Nix.
Jordan Zimmermann (2-6, 3.88 ERA) started for the Nationals and allowed just 5 hits, 2 runs in 6 innings, walked one and notched 4 Ks. Sean Burnett struck out 2 and pitched a scoreless inning. Todd Coffey fanned one in a scoreless 8th and Henry Rodriguez yielded 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 K, no runs. Nats third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. got 2 of the Nats 5 hits.