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After a rough first inning, Yunesky Maya settled in and pitched well.
And then, four batters into his big-league career, Ike Davis was circling the bases following a towering home run, and Maya and the Nationals were trailing 3-0.
Not the way Maya had envisioned this all playing out while lying in bed in Cuba, dreaming of a life he hoped he'd experience.
By the end of the night, though, Maya had righted his ship. Yes, he still was charged with the loss in the Mets' 4-1 victory. But over his final four innings of work, he established his ability to get big-league hitters out with a vast assortment of pitches and impressed his new employers in the process.
"He kind of pitched as advertised," manager Jim Riggleman said. "He got better as he went along, though. I think if he had been that sharp ... out of the get-go, maybe he [only] gives up a run or two."
Read the full account of Maya's debut on CSNwashington.com.