Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals second baseman, put in a few ninth-inning heroics, yet it was not sufficient as the Los Angeles Angels clip the Nationals 4-3 in the debut of latest Nationals manager Davey Johnson.
With the Angels leading 3-2 in the ninth, Espinosa hit yet another new home run to add to his tally, tie the game and place the game into extras. Espinosa is currently tied with Michael Morse for a team leading 15 home runs. Espinosa, Morse and Ryan Zimmerman, every one of them, had solo shots throughout the game to include the Nationals scoring. On the other hand, the Angels were capable to push a run across the plate in the center of the 10th off reliever Sean Burnett to finish the game.
Starting pitcher John Lannan renounced over two runs for the first time in seven starts and admits his pitches were finding over the plate Monday night. Lannan went 5.2 innings giving up three runs on 11 strikes, walking two and striking out two.
For Davey’s debut, the game on Monday was a bit of a comedown, although the manager who is 68 years old while disappointed with the outcomes cannot have had a good time:
“I enjoyed every minute of it,” Johnson said of his first game as a Major League manager since October 2000 with the Dodgers, “I enjoyed every minute of it, I probably went a little farther than I should have with Lannan. I wanted to give him an opportunity to get a win. But the bullpen did a good job, we just didn’t hit with runners in scoring position.”
The 68 years old said, “I still enjoyed that one even though it was a loss. It’s a joy. I love baseball. I enjoy every pitch that’s thrown. That never changes.”