Joe Bisenius makes it back to the majors
Before Friday night, Joe Bisenius had not been in a major league game since April 7, 2004. He had changed franchises, from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Nationals, and he had pitched in Class A, Class AA and Class AAA. He kept his high-90s fastball, and he always believed he would pitch in the majors again.
"Yep," Bisenius said. "Everyone down there - if you're in the minor leagues - they have a dream to get up here. And if you don't, you probably shouldn't be playing down there. Yeah, I thought it would happen."
On Friday night, it did. Bisenius pitched a scoreless eighth in the Nationals' 3-1 loss, allowing a single to Brad Davis but nothing else. Bisenius felt normal, like he was trying to help the Nationals win rather than auditioning for a spot next season. He always gets nervous for the first batter, and he was Friday night.
"For me there's nerves until something happens, whether it's a hit or an out," Bisenius said. "Then I'm calm."
Bisenius, as advertised, relied on his booming fastball. He threw 18 fastballs in 22 pitches, most of them at 97 miles per hour, four of them at 98 mph. He didn't strike anyone out but flashed some nice command, throwing 16 of those 22 pitches for strikes.
"The velocity speaks for itself," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "Just very encouraged by what I saw there."
Bisenius's innings contributed to the Nationals bullpen's current streak of 17 straight scoreless innings. Bisenius acted afterward as if it was just another outing for him, but surely it meant more than that.
"It felt good to get out there, get under the lights," Bisenius said. "It felt good."
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