Friday, October 01, 2010

Nats Advance Behind Clemens

The Washington Nationals defeated the Chicago White Sox 4-1 in the first round of the 2006 Millennium playoffs.
The story of the series was Washington's pitching, which completely neutralized Chicago's potent bats. Coming in with the second-ranked offense in the league, the White Sox hit just .200 (they hit .285 during the regular season), and were stymied at every turn by a Nationals staff that was led by starter Roger Clemens.

Clemens didn't allow an earned run in 11 innings of work, and won the decisive fifth game. Closer Trevor Hoffman was just as dominant, picking up three saves.

Overall, the Nationals posted a 1.84 ERA against the hard-luck Sox.

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