Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/22/12
Again, the Nationals are being tested without their top two closers. With Drew Storen (bone chip) and Brad Lidge (hernia) on the shelf for at least another few weeks, manager Davey Johnson continues to go with 25-year old Henry Rodriguez. Rodriguez does have a team-leading nine saves, but he also has a recent slump of allowing walk off home runs. That did not occur Monday in a 2-1 win over the Phillies, but what did happen was a walk, a single, two wild pitches and only one out recorded amongst the first three hitters in the bottom of the ninth. That has been familiar to several of Rodriguez's outings in shut down opportunities. Fortunately for Johnson and the Nationals, Sean Burnett came in and was able to get a pair of outs to save the win. "My heart is still ticking," Johnson said. "Burnett did a heck of a job getting those outs." But also doing a great job was reliever Craig Stammen, who came in for the seventh and eighth innings and held the Phillies scoreless. ...
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