WASHINGTON Yuniesky who?
Tonight, Jack Wilson racked up his 13th career four-hit game with an infield single, double, two-run double and a triple.
Wilson also made an absolutely sick defensive play in the fourth inning to rob Ryan Zimmerman of a hit. Wilson snagged the ball deep toward third base, spun in the air and fired to first. The throw was true and nestled into Adam LaRoche’s glove an instant before Zimmerman reached the bag.
• If I could’ve, I would’ve printed up “I was there …” commemorative T-shirts tonight and passed them out in the press box. Those who were at Nats Park tonight saw history: Cristian Guzman and Robinzon Diaz both walked.
Guzman had made 121 plate appearances without taking a free pass until Ross Ohlendorf handed him one on four pitches in the fifth inning. In the seventh, ex-Bucco Kip Wells put the free-swinging Diaz on base, snapping a run of 46 plate apps without a walk.
Ohlendorf said he was aware Guzman didn’t have a walk. Guzman batted in the fifth with a runner at second and two outs and the Pirates up 3-1.
“He already had two hits off me,” Ohlendorf said. “With a runner in scoring position, I didn’t want to give him something to hit. That was my plan, so I wasn’t upset about that walk.”
Guzman didn’t drive in a run, but the next batter did. Nick Johnson crushed a three-run homer to give the Nats a short-lived lead.
• Welcome back, Tom Gorzelanny. The lefty made his 2009 debut tonight and it was good and quick a four-pitch strikeout of Adam Dunn in the eighth. Gorzelanny set him up with sliders and got the whiff on a sweet curveball.
“It was a big out,” manager John Russell said. “We bring him in a situation he’s not really used to face one of the better power hitters in the league, and he got a big strikeout for us. It was good to see.”
It was Gorzelanny’s first strikeout as a reliever since 2005.
“Definitely a different feeling,” Gorzelanny said. “It’s good to come back up (from the minors) and be used. It also was pretty nerve-racking.”
Before the game, Russell talked around an answer when asked how long Gorzo might stay up with the Pirates. Some of it might depend upon how Jeff Karstens performs Tuesday night against the Nats. Or, more likely, Gorzo will be sent back to Indy so he can keep working as a starter and keep waiting for another chance to return.
• The Pirates snapped an eight-game road losing streak. … They’ve tallied 11 or more hits in seven their past eight games.