Baltimore Orioles' Jason Hammel Continues Dominance Of Washington Nationals

By Jon Krouner
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A start against the Washington Nationals was just what the doctor ordered for struggling Baltimore Orioles’ starter Jason Hammel.

On paper, the Nationals appeared to have an advantage on the mound with former 21- game winner Gio Gonzalez taking the ball, but Hammel has shown uncommon dominance against the Nats. Hammel out-dueled Gonzalez as the Orioles won the first of four in the Battle of the Beltway by 6-2 at Nationals Park on Monday.

How good has Hammel been against Washington? Six of his 48 career wins have come against the Nationals, while he’s yet to suffer a loss.

The right-hander also has a career 3.20 ERA vs. the Nationals compared to 4.81 overall. His 4.11 K/BB ratio against the Nationals is his best against any team that he’s made at least five starts against. In 2012, Hammel went 2-0 against the Nats with just four earned runs in 13.1 innings pitched.

On Monday, Hammel recorded his second straight quality start to show manager Buck Showalter that he’s turned a corner after a rough start to the season. It also marked the first time the veteran had pitched eight innings since last June 22 against — you guessed it — the Nationals.

For the game, Hammel allowed two earned runs, eight hits and no walks to go with a season-high eight strikeouts. He improved to 6-2 while lowering his ERA to 5.06 on the season.

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