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Aug 9, 2011, 10:33 PM EDT

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Tonight has been a pretty interesting night in that we have seen some excellent performances from pitchers who were written off a long time ago.

Let’s start with Dontrelle Willis. Even though he took the loss tonight against the Rockies, he allowed three runs over eight innings while striking out 10 and walking just one. This was the first time he had went at least eight innings or reached double-digits in strikeouts since the 2007 season. Always handy with the bat, he also hit an RBI triple.

Chien-Ming Wang was just pulled after tossing six shutout innings against the Cubs. Relying primarily on his sinker, he didn’t give up his first hit until Tony Campana beat out an infield single to begin the top of the sixth. Wang struck out just one and walked two, but induced 11 ground balls. This was his first scoreless start since he infamously tore a ligament in his right foot while running the bases against the Astros on June 15, 2008. UPDATE: The Nats topped the Cubs 3-1, so Wang has earned his first win since June 29, 2009.

And we shouldn’t forget about Rich Harden, either. He just spun seven innings of one-run ball against the Blue Jays, striking out eight and walking a pair. Though the Red Sox were understandably turned off by his medical records before the trade deadline, the oft-injured right-hander has a 4.07 ERA and 45/15 K/BB ratio over 42 innings this season.

Yes, for one night at least, we have all been transported back to 2005.

  1. gallaghedj311 - Aug 9, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    2005?? Maybe ur forgetting that the phillies are almost 30 games over 500.

    • wlschneider09 - Aug 10, 2011 at 10:17 AM

      There is a remote possibility that not every post on this blog is about the Phils.

      Just sayin’

  2. ballou0254 - Aug 9, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    We just needed Chone to swipe a few bags and the night would have come full circle.

  3. humanexcrement - Aug 9, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    If Wang comes anywhere close to being the pitcher he once was and stays with the Nats, they could have a pretty decent team next year. i don’t see the Braves as impossible to unseat for second place in the NL East.

  4. Old Gator - Aug 9, 2011 at 11:56 PM

    I’m pulling for Dontrelle hard to make it back. I met him several times during his tenure with the Feesh. Just a hell of a sweet guy, infectious smile, eternal optimist. It’s great to see him finding himself again.

  5. cur68 - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:36 AM

    Well what do I say about that Son of Maple Earth Rich Stick-a-Fork-In-Me-I’m-Done Harden? Beat Brett Lawire and the Jays. Looked good doing it and even threw some mid 90’s heat. All in all, I’m happy for a fellow Canadian. Next time though…not against my rooting interest, eh Richie? So the score is Victoria BC 1 and Langley BC 0, head to head.

  6. sdelmonte - Aug 10, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    And the Mets traveled back to 1965, which was the last time they trailed by 2 or more in the 8th inning and came back to win. I will give my team a lot of credit for showing some fight despite all the setbacks and injuries and controversy. They are still not a great team, but they are fun to watch day in and day out.

  7. natstowngreg - Aug 10, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    hmmm, thought I posted something here. Maybe I clicked on the wrong button. At my age, that sort of thing happens…

    Anyhow. Craig suggested last week that Wang was finished. Perhaps not yet. As Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post reported (and D.J. notes), it was a matter of getting Wang to trust his sinker, per Nats pitching coach Steve McCatty. Wang’s sinker wasn’t as fast as it used to be (89-92, instead of 93-95), and several Cubs batters missed sinkers that didn’t sink. But it was an encouraging performance. Perhaps the Nats’ two-year investment in Wang will pay dividends.

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