Recalling the Washington Nationals’ first game in 2005…


WASHINGTON – On the primary pitch of the sport, heart fielder Brad Wilkerson hit a single to proper subject off Philadelphia pitcher Jon Lieber on April 4, 2005.

And thus the Nationals have been underway within the first common season sport of their historical past after the crew moved from Montreal.

That first sport got here away from residence because the Nationals performed their first three seasons at RFK Stadium, which hadn’t been in use frequently for baseball since 1971.

After that first hit by Wilkerson, Lieber retired shortstop Cristian Guzman, second baseman José Vidro, and proper fielder José Guillén.

Photograph by Wealthy Pilling /MLB through Getty Photographs

The opposite starters for the Nationals in that sport 17 years in the past have been first baseman Nick Johnson, third baseman Vinny Castillo, left fielder Termel Sledge, catcher Brian Schneider and beginning pitcher Liván Hernández.

Relievers used have been T.J. Tucker, Joe Horgan, Antonio Osuna, Joey Eischen and Luis Ayala.

Sledge hit a two-run homer within the sixth off Lieber whereas Johnson, Castilla, and Schneider every had two hits for the Nationals.

Washington had 13 hits within the sport however misplaced 8-4 to the Phillies.

Hernández gave up a homer to Kenny Lofton within the fifth and the veteran right-hander was charged with the loss earlier than 44,080 followers in Philly in a sport that took 3:19 to play.

The final three outs have been recorded by Philadelphia reliever Billy Wagner, who was not credited with the save.

A local of Virginia, Wagner ended his profession with 422 saves and has obtained stable Corridor of Fame voting lately however has but to be elected.

The Nationals, beneath supervisor Frank Robinson, have been 81-81 that first season in 2005.

Wilkerson, who broke in with Montreal in 2001, performed only one season in Washington. He had 11 homers with a median of .248.

He was with Texas in 2006 and ended his profession with Toronto in 2008. The Kentucky native was a first-round pick of the College of Florida by the Expos.

Different notable Washington occasions for April 4 embody the birthday of Mike Epstein, who was born in The Bronx on April 4, 1943.

The lefty hitter frolicked with the Senators for elements of seasons from 1967-71.

He ended his profession with the Angels in 1974 and had 130 homers within the majors.

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