Storen gets first victory, dons Elvis wig
In only his second game of his Major League career, reliever Drew Storen picked up his first big-league victory as the Nationals defeated the Mets, 5-3, on Tuesday night.
Storen, the 10th overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, entered the game in the top of the seventh inning with the score tied at 2 and Mets catcher Henry Blanco on second base. Storen was able to get the job done as Jose Reyes lined out to shortstop Ian Desmond and Luis Castillo grounded out to Desmond to end the inning.
“I love [coming in during the middle of an inning],” Storen said. “I started that in college. I did it in the Minor Leagues. I love coming in with guys on base because of the pressure. I’m a big fan.”
Storen became pitcher of record after the Nationals scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. After the game, Storen received two shaving cream pies in the face and was proud to wear the silver Elvis wig, which goes to the player of the game voted by center fielder Nyjer Morgan.
“The wig doesn’t look that good on me, but it’s great thing I’m wearing it,” Storen said. “I saw it before I came up here. I was really hoping I would be able to wear it.”
Storen said it was unfair for him to take the victory. He mentioned that right-hander Livan Hernandez gave a great effort after pitching on three days’ rest. Hernandez allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings.
“He has a solid outing. It’s kind of unfair for me to take that win away from him. Anyway, I’ll take it,” Storen said.