For the record I never understood why Drew Storen was removed from the closer role for the Nationals at the start of the season. IN the first game of a double header, Jim Riggleman decided to bring Sean Burnett in for a two inning save and save Drew Storen for the night cap. It never got that far. Sean Burnett was relived after giving up 3 hits and an RBI single to Albert Pujols. Storen entered the game to face a slew of right-handed batters (as opposed to lefty Burnett) and got Holiday to end the inning. He then had a quite ninth inning with only a walk to David Freese.
Storen has pitched well in relief this year, posting a 0,77 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP, so there should be no doubt in Riggleman’s mind that he has to give his long-term closer another chance.
My reasoning for what happened last night is this. He brought Burnett in to pitch two innings and save Storen for game 2 of the double header. Washington is being very protective of their young arms and I don’t think he wanted either pitcher pitching both games. That is the only reason I can make sense of it. I fully expect Burnett to emerge from the bullpen for the next save opportunity, but it should be Storen.