On Sunday afternoon, Drew Storen retired all three batters he faced in the ninth against the White Sox, saving his 19th game this season with a bounce-back that came after he had blown a three-run lead Friday night. Storen knew when the team traveled to Anaheim after the game, he would be flying home to Indiana to attend his grandmother’s funeral.
“There’s a lot of different factors sometimes you have to put to the side,” Storen said Sunday afternoon. “I’m glad to be out there. That’s where I want to be. It helps me deal with it a little bit. Now I get to go home and really take of it.”
Storen’s absence will leave the Nationals without their usual closer in Davey Johnson’s first game as Nationals manager. Storen is one four Nationals players – along with Danny Espinosa, Wilson Ramos and Henry Rodriguez – who has not born when Johnson led the Mets to the 1986 World Series title. Storen acknowledged it will be odd to miss his new manager’s debut.
“It’s going to be a little weird,” Storen said. “But I’ve got to take care of that stuff at home. It’s not ideal, obviously, but I’ll be excited to be there Tuesday.”