Hill for Cy Young?
And $100 goes to ... Shawn Hill.
Yes, that's right, Shawn. Come on down. You're the lucky man who tossed a pair -- yes, that's right, two consecutive -- scoreless innings for the Nationals. (For the unitiated -- Hello, Viera! -- that's when the opposing team fails to plate a run in back-to-back innings. It's not something this group is completely used to this spring.)
In all seriousness -- and that's all we know here at the Journal -- Hill was pretty good. Shook off the run in the first, using a 5-4-3 double play to get out of trouble. Allowed that leadoff single to Ensberg in the second, and then retired the last six guys he faced. Threw 41 pitches, 28 for strikes. His line:
Hill: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
(To me, that 0 BB is the thing that matters most. Other pitchers should take note.)
Chris Schroder, back from his grandmother's funeral over the weekend, on in relief, and he just walked the first man he faced, but used a popup and a 5-4-3 double play (thanks, Zimm) to get out of the inning.
Going to the top of the fifth, Nationals 2, Astros 1.
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