This looks like it could be one of those nights where both teams are in to their bullpens relatively quickly. While that’s meant good things for the Nats so far — they’re up 2-1 after three innings — it might not bode well for them in a couple innings.
Shairon Martis needed 62 pitches to get through the first three innings, or two more than Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie threw during that span. Martis has walked two batters and given up a home run, but threw a nice changeup to strike out Aubrey Huff in the third and got a quick force-out off Nolan Reimold to end the inning.
But he’s getting a little picky around the strike zone, as he customarily does early in his outings. Martis usually gets more aggressive in the middle innings, which helps keep his pitch count down, so we’ll see if that’s where he goes in the fourth.
The Nationals scored two in the first off Guthrie, who walked three batters in the inning, but Ronnie Belliard missed a chance to extend the lead when he grounded into a bases-loaded double play that ended the inning.