Goodwin earns first MLB hit in first MLB start

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Washington Nationals' Brian Goodwin hits his first major league hit during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at Nationals Park, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in Washington. Nationals won 7-4. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


From Staff Reports

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wednesday was a day of firsts for Rocky Mount native Brian Goodwin.

The 25-year-old outfielder earned his first career start for the Washington Nationals, replacing Bryce Harper is right field while Harper deals with a stiff neck, and then capped off the game with a single into right field for his first hit as a big leaguer. Washington defeated the Cleveland Indians, 7-4.

“I kind of just been here enjoying the moment,” Goodwin told the media after the game. “(I’m) just trying to take it and enjoy every minute as I could and not really, hasn't (sunk in) yet.”

Batting sixth in the lineup, Goodwin struck out swinging to end the first inning. He hit a hard grounder down the first-base line in the third inning that was scooped up by Mike Napoli for an out and then tapped one back to the pitcher in the fifth inning.

But his big moment came in the eighth inning when he connected on a 96-mile-per-hour fastball and sent it through the right side of the infield for his first career hit. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd after the hit although he was quickly erased on a ground ball. 

“I guess just relief seeing some good pitches, putting some good swings on balls,” Goodwin said. “I think finally seeing one go through was kind of like a relief.”