Early Hook Haunts Card in 3-1 Loss

Stanford baseball took its act on the road to Seattle for one heck of a pitching duel Friday night. The good news is that Cardinal ace Jeremy Guthrie dominated and held a 1-0 lead. The bad news is that he was pulled, and the bullpen couldn't hold on. Read on for the details and oddities of this 3-1 loss at Washington.

A pitcher's duel was expected and that's exactly what happened on Friday night in Seattle.  Unfortunately for Stanford though, they came out on the short end of a 3-1 decision at the hands of the Washington Huskies. Washington starting pitcher Shawn Kohn threw a six-hit complete game as he did not walk any Stanford hitters while striking out two.

The first good opportunity for anyone to score came in the bottom of the first inning as the Huskies (16-18-1, 4-3) put two runners on base with one out against Stanford (26-9, 4-3) starter Jeremy Guthrie. But Guthrie worked out of the jam getting clean-up hitter Tyler Davidson to fly out and then he struck out Bryan Johnson to finish the inning.  The Stanford hitters were having no success against Kohn though until the top of the fourth inning.  Chris O'Riordan led off with a double and then advanced to third on a bunt single off the bat of Sam Fuld.  Ryan Garko was the next hitter and Garko grounded into a 1-6-3 double play forcing Fuld out at second, but O'Riordan came home to score and Stanford had a 1-0 lead.

Meanwhile, Guthrie was flat out dominating on the mound.  The junior right hander gave up a two-out single in the bottom of the second, but nothing else after that.  Through six innings, Guthrie had given up just two hits, walked only one while recording seven strikeouts and had done so in just 87 pitches.  Then in a surprising move, Head Coach Mark Marquess pulled Guthrie in favor of Ryan McCally and the move did not pay off.  In the bottom of the seventh, with the score still 1-0 Stanford, McCally gave up two runs.  With one out, he walked Johnson and then with two out, he walked Michael Done to put two runners on base.  That brought #8 hitter Aaron Hathaway to the plate and Hathaway singled home Johnson to tie the game. Washington wasn't done there as Greg Issacson then came up and he promptly singled home Done for a 2-1 Washington lead.

The Huskies would add another run off reliever Darin Naatjes in the bottom of the eighth extending their lead to 3-1 and then Kohn set down Garko, Jason Cooper, and Carlos Quentin 1-2-3 in the ninth to secure the win.

Game Notes :
* Chris O'Riordan extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 2-for-4 performance.  The senior second baseman is now hitting .370 on the year.

* After Guthrie was pulled after six innings, the trio of Stanford relievers (McCally, Naatjes, and Dyer) could not get the job done.  In two innings of work, those relievers combined to give up three runs on only two hits.  They walked four batters and hit another.

* Kohn's final line saw him give up just six hits and one run in nine innings of work.  He threw only 103 pitches on the evening as he improved his record to 7-2.

* This was Stanford's first loss of the season in the opening game of a series.  They are now 10-1 in series openers.

Stanford     0 0 0  1 0 0  0 0 0   -   1  6  2
Washington   0 0 0  0 0 0  2 1 x   -   3  4  1

This series will continue tomorrow afternoon at 1pm. Tim Cunningham (5-2, 3.94) is scheduled to start on the mound for Stanford while Washington is expected to counter with Sean White (3-2, 6.07).

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