Friday’s start was huge for David Hernandez in more ways than one. Mired in an awful 11-game losing streak and a lack of offensive support, Hernandez came through huge by giving up a run on one hit in six innings as the Orioles defeated the Nationals, 5-3, in their first game of a three game inter-league set in the "Battle of the Beltways".
After seeing Brian Matusz getting shelled on Thursday and losing a close one on Wednesday, Hernandez served as a stopper on the mound and he had a no hitter into the fifth inning.
Hernandez showed he can be a viable major league starter and all he has to do is be consistent.
However, he *still* threw way too many pitches in his start – at least early on. He really needs to work on that. Who knows if the Hernandez we saw on Friday was a pitcher who turned the corner, or just had a good start in line of somewhat mediocre ones, but let’s hope he can build on it.
Before the series, the Orioles brought up Scott Moore and sent down Alberto Castillo - again. I figured the team would have called up Michael Aubrey; however, the Orioles might have needed Scott Moore's flexibility - he can play pretty much every infield position and some outfield. As well, I guess it gives the organization a chance to see if Moore is a viable major leaguer or not.
Finally, on the eve of the interleague series with Washington, the owner of the Baltimore Orioles spoke about the state of the two organizations. Keep in mind, MASN is owned by Peter Angelos and Orioles, plus has the rights to air Nationals games. Also, the Orioles according to various sources pay the Nationals tens of millions for the privilege to air their games.Now, Angelos commended the Nationals for the job they have done so far and adds that the success of their franchise is good for the Orioles.
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