Calm and collected on the outside, Lucas Giolito was so anxious about making his major league debut that he kept going into manager Dusty Baker's office to ask when the game would start.
Rain delayed it almost an hour and then cut Giolito's outing short, but when he was on the mound he was dominant as the Washington Nationals beat the visiting New York Mets, 5-0, on Tuesday night. Baseball's top pitching prospect allowed just one hit, struck out one and walked two in four scoreless innings and made the most of his start despite the weather.
"I never saw rain in the forecast at all," Giolito said. "I thought it would be like 72 degrees, sunny, all that stuff. That's how I dreamt it. But I'll take what I can get. An MLB debut is an MLB debut and I'm glad I pitched well."
Giolito, 6 feet 6, mixed his curveball and improving changeup in with his overpowering fastball to silence the Mets after a leadoff single by Curtis Granderson. Giolito was in control of his emotions and his pitches all night.
"He pounded the strike zone very well," said outfielder Bryce Harper, who hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning. "His fastball was good, his curveball was good. I think he kept them off balance pretty well and definitely a huge bummer that we went into that rain delay."
An 85-minute rain delay cost Giolito the chance to pick up his first major league victory, as the win went to reliever Oliver Perez (2-1) instead. But Giolito left an impression with his first Nationals start, taking to heart the advice his veteran manager gave him.
"Dusty told me: `You can be anxious. You can be nervous. Just don't be scared. You belong here.' That's just what I tried to prove," the 21-year-old said. "After the first pitch, I could've been pitching Double-A, I could've been pitching in front of zero people. It wouldn't have mattered. I was just locked in."
Mets right-hander Matt Harvey (4-10) wasn't quite as locked in but was very good in allowing one run on four hits in 3 2/3 innings. An RBI triple by Danny Espinosa was the only crack Washington needed against Harvey, who was a hard-luck loser.
"It would have been great for him to go a few more innings because tonight was some of the best stuff he's had all year," manager Terry Collins said. "Tonight he had things going."
Harper's two-run shot off lefty Jerry Blevins, his team-leading 16th of the season, and Wilson Ramos' two-run double in the seventh gave the Nationals' bullpen some cushion. On the other side, New York's bullpen became even more depleted the day before former Orioles Rule 5 draft pick Logan Verrett has to make a spot start.
Major League Lacrosse
Busy Bayhawks make 4 deadline deals
The Chesapeake Bayhawks made four moves just before the Major League Lacrosse trade deadline at 4 p.m. Tuesday. They dealt attackman Drew Westervelt (UMBC, John Carroll) to the Lizards for New York's 2017 second-round college draft pick; sent defenseman Kyle Sweeney to the Hounds for Charlotte's 2017 first-round supplemental draft pick; traded their 2017 second-round supplemental pick to the Rochester Rattlers for faceoff specialist-midfielder Mike Poppleton (Johns Hopkins); and dealt their 2017 fifth-round college pick and midfielder John Yozzo-Scaperrotta to the Atlanta Blaze for midfielder Kevin Cooper (Maryland, Archbishop Spalding). Westervelt, acquired in October 2011, has 109 goals with Chesapeake and contributed to two championships. Sweeney, 35, acquired last year, ranks eighth all-time in MLL with 452 ground balls. Poppleton has played in three games this season for the Rattlers and went 26-for-72 (36.1 percent) from the faceoff. Cooper has played in the league since 2013. In seven games for this season, he has three goals and three assists.
Honors: Boston Cannons midfielder Josh Hawkins (Loyola Maryland) was named Defensive Player of the Week. Hounds attackman Ryan Brown (Johns Hopkins, Calvert Hall) was Rookie of the Week.
Hurley to skip British Open to attend sister's wedding
Billy Hurley III wouldn't miss his sister's wedding for anything — not even the British Open. Hurley, a Navy alumnus, won Sunday for the first time on the PGA Tour at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda and earned a spot at Royal Troon. One problem: The Saturday of the Open is the day his sister, Megan, is getting married in Virginia. Hurley called her Tuesday during a practice round at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, and said he would be there. Hurley said his sister was in tears. The 34-year-old former Naval officer still has plenty of other big events to attend. His victory got him into the PGA Championship in a month, and the Masters next April.
Buchanan leaves St. Tim's; Bowen to be Southern AD
Towson native Mike Buchanan has stepped down after 10 years as girls basketball coach at St. Timothy's. Buchanan went 130-79 and guided the school to Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference championships in 2013 and 2014. Assistant coach Vernon Harris is expected to replace Buchanan. "I have been doing this for 19 years and it really has taken a toll on my body," said Buchanan, 63, a Towson High graduate. "I think I need a hip replacement. It got to the point in a two-hour workout, I couldn't even stand the whole time. I have to take the whole summer off."
—Tom Worgo, Baltimore Sun Media Group
Administration: Ray Bowen, who grew up in Lothian, is the new athletic director at Southern, his alma mater. The 1984 graduate has been working at the school since 1989. Bowen, who has coached boys lacrosse and boys basketball at the school, had been the assistant athletic director the past 12 years, including the past three under John Mayberry, who recently retired and moved to Virginia. Former Southern football coach Russ Meyers will be Bowen's assistant.
—Bob Hough, Baltimore Sun Media Group
O'Connell back at Towson as men's hoops assistant
Baltimore native and Johns Hopkins graduate Pat O'Connell has been named an assistant coach for the Towson men's basketball team. Before working at Southern California last season as the director of basketball operations, O'Connell spent three seasons at Towson as director of student-athlete development. He previously was a graduate assistant at Florida State. O'Connell ranks second all-time at Hopkins in steals.
More colleges: Maryland senior lacrosse long-stick midfielder Mike McCarney and senior soccer goalie Rachelle Beanlands received Big Ten medals of honor for excellence on and off the field throughout their college careers.
NHL: Washington Capitals single-game tickets for the 2016-17 season will go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. Call 800-745-3000 or go to WashingtonCaps.com, the Verizon Center box office or the Kettler Capitals Iceplex. For more information, call 202-266-CAPS or go to WashingtonCaps.com.