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Though Chico had made plenty of friends in the Diamondbacks organization, including close friend Jackson, he knew his chances of making it to the big leagues in Arizona were slim. So he welcomed the trade to Washington, which offered him a chance to make the Opening Day roster this season, not to mention a chance to finally pitch at Chase Field last night.

I think its big for anybody in the minor leagues, wanting to pitch in the big leagues with that team, he said. I got the chance today. I wish I would have done a little better, but I had some fun out there except for that [third] inning.

The Nationals are happy the way things worked out, but the Diamondbacks aren’t exactly complaining about the guy they picked up in the deal. Despite a slight hiccup in midseason when the entire team was struggling, Hernandez has done exactly what he did for the Nationals. In 24 starts spanning 150.1 innings, the right-hander is now 8-7 with a 4.85 ERA.

“He’s a mainstay,” Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s a guy we lean on very hard. We expect good things out of him, and he expects them out of himself.”