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Redding is making most of his chance
“Every zero he put up, I knew I had to go out there and put up another zero,” he said.
Redding did that exquisitely, tossing 62/3 shutout innings and helping pave the way for the Nationals to pull off a 3-0 win at RFK Stadium.
The 29-year-old right-hander enjoyed his best start to date, scattering five hits and two walks.
“He did a tremendous job,” manager Manny Acta said.
In the process, Redding extended his surprising four-start run with Washington. Called up from Class AAA Columbus earlier this month as a last-resort fill-in for the injury-plagued starting rotation, he’s now pitching like he plans to stay here for a while.
In four starts, Redding is 1-2 with a 2.92 ERA. He has yet to surrender more than three runs in any outing.
So what’s changed for a pitcher who posted an 11.42 ERA in spring training and didn’t figure to come close to earning a promotion this season.
“Just trusting myself,” Redding said. “Right now, my confidence is high. I feel confident in this team to win ballgames.”
Young aims to return
Dmitri Young was out of the Nationals’ starting lineup for the third straight day, but a bruised left heel shouldn’t keep the club’s best hitter sidelined any longer.
Young expects to start tomorrow when Washington opens a three-game series in Philadelphia.
“He probably could play today, but I just wanted to give him that extra day,” Acta said. “Put it together with a day off [today] and he’ll be ready to go [tomorrow].”
Young, who hurt himself running to first base during a game against the Houston Astros earlier in the week, did come up to pinch-hit both Friday and Saturday. He was available to do the same yesterday but never was needed.
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