Saturday, April 11, 2009
Good For Shawn Hill
His teammates helped him out, especially reliever Luke Gregerson and centerfielder Scott Hairston, but what really mattered was that Shawn Hill garnered his first victory of 2009 late last night against The San Francisco Giants. Pitching into the sixth inning at Petco Park, the now jersey number 34 wearing former Washington Pitcher got into some serious trouble during that frame, allowing his second run of the evening while loading up the bases with no outs.
Relieved by Padres Manager Bud Black, Gregerson trotted out to induce a key 3-6-3 double play and strike out to end the rally. Later Hairston would help seal the victory for Hill when he leaped onto the centerfield wall to rob The Giants Bengie Molina of a sure rbi extra base hit in the top of the 8th and followed that up with a three run homer in the bottom half.
Until he tired in the 6th, Shawn Hill looked good. His sinker was working and he was effectively moving through The San Francisco Giants lineup--something not seen by Our Washington Nationals starters during the first four games of 2009. Who would have believed that Shawn Hill would receive the first win in The Major Leagues during the regular season of any pitcher in Nationals Spring Training Camp?
And he doesn't play for us anymore.
Good For Shawn Hill. We are very happy for him. Sohna and I watched portions of his game on DirecTV's MLB Extra Innings Package.
InGame Photo--Larry Ignelzi (AP)