Aug 3, 2012, 4:34 AM EDT
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Ross Detwiler tossed seven scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 3.02.
It wasn’t all that long ago — really, it might have only been two months — when Ross Detwiler was best known for putting together four or five quality innings and then fizzling out and turning what could have been a dominant start into a pedestrian outing.
But a funny thing has happened since the 26-year-old lefty rejoined the Nationals rotation five weeks ago. Confident at last in his abilities, secure with his spot on the team, he’s taken an important step forward as a big-league pitcher.
These days, Detwiler isn’t fizzling out the deeper he goes. He’s getting stronger, a trait that was very much on display Thursday night during a 3-0 victory over the Phillies.
“It’s a slow process, and you build on positive outings,” manager Davey Johnson said. “And he’s had a lot of positive outings. He’s grown a lot.”
NL EAST STANDINGS
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 12:35 p.m.
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