Former Mariner Doug Fister Pitches Nationals Back Into NLDS


On the brink of elimination, facing an 0-2 hole in their best-of-5 series with the San Francisco Giants, the Washington Nationals turned to former Seattle Mariner Doug Fister to save their season.

Fister did not disappoint.

The right-handed scattered four hits and three walks over seven scoreless innings and the offense took advantage some small ball and a costly Giants error as the Nats staved off elimination for at least one night, beating the Giants 4-1 in San Francisco.

After dropping the first two games of the series in Washington, including an 18-inning heart-breaker Saturday night/Sunday morning, the Nats needed Fister to give the bullpen a rest.

Tyler Clippard pitched a perfect 8th and Drew Storen got into some trouble in the 9th, allowing a run on a sac fly to breakup the shutout but managed to shut the door anyways to cut the Giants’ lead in the series to 2-1.

Fister, is another classic example of a promising young pitcher in the Mariners organization that found success elsewhere. In two-plus seasons with Seattle, Fister was 12-30 with a 3.81 ERA.

He was traded to the Detroit Tigers near the trade deadline in 2011 with David Pauley for Francisco Martinez, Chance Ruffin, Casper Wells and Charlie Furbush. Of those, only Furbush remains with the team.

In two-plus seasons with the Tigers, Fister was 32-20 with a 3.29 ERA. He was 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA in his first season with Washington.

The Giants look to finish the job Tuesday as the Nats look to tie the series and send it back to the Nation’s Capital for Game 5 on Thursday.

Game 4 is set to take place in primetime a 6:07 p.m. PT first pitch scheduled. Gio Gonzalez will take the ball for Washington. The Giants will counter with Ryan Vogelsong. The game will air on Fox Sports 1.




Denard SpanCF402000101.133
Anthony Rendón3B402000002.467
Jayson WerthRF400000204.071
Adam LaRoche1B400000102.071
Ian DesmondSS411000000.143
Bryce HarperLF321111100.214
Wilson RamosC310000100.077
Asdrubal Cabrera2B401100000.250
Doug FisterP300000101.000
Tyler ClippardP000000000.000
Nate SchierholtzPH0000000001.000
Ryan ZimmermanPH100000000.333
Drew StorenP000000000.000


HR – B Harper (2, 9th inning off J Machi 0 on, 0 Out)

S – W Ramos

RBI – B Harper (2), A Cabrera (2)

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – A Rendon 1, J Werth 1

Team LOB – 5

San Francisco

Gregor BlancoCF400000001.071
Joe Panik2B400000001.133
Buster PoseyC401000100.357
Pablo Sandoval3B412000001.250
Hunter PenceRF401000001.267
Brandon Belt1B302001102.357
Brandon CrawfordSS300100102.231
Travis IshikawaLF300001002.200
Madison BumgarnerP100001103.000
Matt DuffyPH100000001.000
Jean MachiP000000000.000
Jeremy AffeldtP000000000.000


2B – H Pence (2, D Storen)

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – T Ishikawa 2, M Bumgarner 2, M Duffy 1

Team LOB – 8


CS – B Belt (1, 2nd base by D Fister/W Ramos)


E – M Bumgarner (1, throw)



Doug Fister(W, 1-0)7.04003301.000.00
Tyler Clippard(HLD, 2)1.00000000.670.00
Drew Storen1.02110103.006.75

San Francisco

Madison Bumgarner(L, 0-1)7.06321601.002.57
Jean Machi1.21110110.504.50
Jeremy Affeldt0.10000000.600.00

Pitches-strikes – D Fister 99-64; T Clippard 11-7; D Storen 14-10; M Bumgarner 92-62; J Machi 18-13; J Affeldt 3-3

Ground balls-fly balls – D Fister 9-8; T Clippard 2-0; D Storen 1-1; M Bumgarner 8-8; J Machi 1-3; J Affeldt 1-0

Batters faced – D Fister 27; T Clippard 3; D Storen 5; M Bumgarner 29; J Machi 6; J Affeldt 1

Game Details

Game Time: 2:47.

Umpires: HP–Tom Hallion. 1B–Hunter Wendelstedt. 2B–Mike Winters. 3B–Brian Knight. RF–Vic Carapazza. LF–Laz Diaz.

Weather: 77 degrees, Clear.

Wind: 8 mph, Out to Center.

Attendance: 43,627.