Niceville alum Nelson tosses first complete game – The Northwest Florida Daily News
SETH STRINGER @SethSnwfdn
For the first time in his major league career, Jimmy Nelson went the distance.
A little more than two weeks removed from outdueling three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, the Milwaukee Brewers ace continued his career year by striking out 10 in a complete-game 2-1 win over San Diego at Miller Park.
After he retired Erick Aybar with a swing and miss to cap a career-high 118-pitch outing, the 2007 Niceville alumnus gave a fist pump, beat his chest and then was summoned outside the home dugout for an interview with the Brew Crew’s telecast.
It’s there he was doused with not one, but two Gatorade baths and given a sunflower seed shower as Brewers fans — celebrating a 38-33 record and 2 1/2-game lead over the Cubs in the NL Central — gave him a standing ovation.
“I just felt better as the game went on,” a drenched Nelson said in the postgame interview. “(In the ninth inning) I just had to take a step back and not let the adrenaline get to me.”
Nelson, who also contributed an infield single, didn’t hide his exuberance in the late innings.
After inducing a Franchy Cordero grounder to first with two outs and runners on first and second in the seventh inning, Nelson walked off the mound, pumped his fist and then motioned to the ground as if to say, “This is my game. This is my diamond.”
An inning later, on his 106th pitch, the University of Alabama alumnus got Yangervis Solarte to ground into a 4-6-3 inning-ending double play. Nelson celebrated with another fist pump a hard thump to his chest.
At this point, the 6-foot-6 righthander wasn’t going to be lifted. Manager Craig Counsell had unwavering faith in his 28-year-old ace.
Nelson then struck out Renfroe, got Spangenberg to