Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister pitched seven scoreless innings on Monday night as the Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 4-1, taking control of the National League Division Series best of five series.
Fister took the mound in front of 43,627 fans at AT&T Park in the Bay area last night and shut the Giants out for seven innings on 99 pitches, giving up a stingy four hits and three walks to keep the Nationals alive after dropping the first two games of the series over the weekend. San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner kept the Nats off the board through six innings, but a wild throw to third on a bunt by Wilson Ramos in the seventh inning cost the Giants two runs and the Nats added a third on a RBI single by Asdrubal Cabrera.
“He tried to do a little too much there on the bunt,” Bruce Bochy told reporters after the game. “You know you take the out. He tried to rush it. He threw it away.” Fister avoided any big mistakes like the one Bumgarner committed and was able to gain command and settle in after struggling early.
“The fact that he was able to get deep in the game is kind of indicative of him having his command. Yeah, he was fine. I didn’t see anything other than him being perfectly comfortable out there from the first inning on,” said the Nationals general manager Matt Williams.
By the time Fister was done with his seven innings on the mound in San Francisco, he was up to 18 2/3rd shutout innings going back to the last few innings of back-to-back starts against the Miami Marlins at the end of the regular season.
It’s too early to tell if Fister’s performance and the Nat’s win has changed momentum in the series as they Nat’s lost two home games over the weekend. “We find ourselves in the same position we were today.” GM Williams said. “If we lose tomorrow, then it’s all over. So you know, we’ve got an opportunity to win that game tomorrow. So we have to things correctly like we did today.”