The Washington Times - September 7, 2011, 01:24AM

For the great majority of the fans who made it out to Nationals Park on a soggy Tuesday night, the focus was on Stephen Strasburg. This was his night – returning to the major leagues 368 days after Tommy John surgery.

But for four other Nationals players, this was a game they dreamed of – as pitchers Brad Peacock and Atahualpa Severino, infielder Steve Lombardozzi and outfielder Corey Brown each made his major league debut against the Dodgers. The September call-ups enjoyed various levels of success in the shadow of the franchise’s future.


I knew I was gonna be nervous,” Brown said. “Just talking to Lombardozzi and talking to Peacock, everyone that made their debut today I’m sure felt the exact same.”

Peacock laughed off nerves but certainly admitted he was feeling something running in from the bullpen.

I wasn’t nervous, but I had a lot of adrenaline going,” he said. “I couldn’t wait to get out there and actually throw the first pitch.”

Peacock was charged with facing NL MVP candidate Matt Kemp with two runners on and one out and wound up giving up an earned run on four hits. But he drew unsolicited praise from manager Davey Johnson and shortstop Ian Desmond.

Peacock came in tonight and did a good job – a little tough but only better things [will come],” Desmond said.

Severino pitched a third of an inning and struck out the only batter he faced – James Loney. Lombardozzi walked as a pinch-hitter in the eighth but was later stranded on third.

Brown got a chance to come up as the tying run with the bases loaded in the ninth.

It was fun,” he said with a smile. “Obviously I was pretty excited – I felt like my heart was about to jump through my chest.”

Brown flied out to left to end the game – but he and Peacock shared a similar vibe – that they can’t wait to get back into a major league game now that the debut night was out of the way.

There’s always tomorrow and I hope I can get in again and get that first knock out of the way,” Brown said. “It takes a lot of weight off your shoulders when you can get that.”