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Sporadic and Unreliable Update No. 2

So Michalak got himself in some trouble in the third. But he didn't have much help. He walked Valdez to start the inning. (Leadoff walk to No. 9 hitter: Good idea?) But then Freeman hit a blooper to left that fell between Church and Jimenez. Should've been caught. One of those balls that the outfielder should take charge of. So then Michalak tried to pick Valdez off second. Ball went way into center field, allowing men to advance to second and thrird with no one out.

Michalak got Pierre to fly out to shallow left, but then he walked James Loney on a 3-2 pitch, loading the bases. That was it for Michalak. Another lefty, Mike "Basic" Bacsik came in. And he got a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning (w/ Belliard starting his second 5-4-3 double play, as Zimmerman's not on the trip).

Nationals stayed up 4-2 after three, and Bacsik worked another 2/3 of an inning, then gave up a single, and Colby Lewis got the Nationals out of the fourth.

Lewis, though, is getting killed in the fifth. Double by Valdez to start the inning. Double by Delwyn Young drives him home to make it 4-3. Bunt from Juan Pierre goes to third, and Belliard tries to bare-hand it. He couldn't, adn that put runners at the corders with no one out. (Scored a hit, though I would've given it a sacrifice and an error.)

With that, Pierre got moving on a perfect hit-and-run with Loney, who hit the ball through the vacant spot at shortstop, driving in a run. Add a sacrifice fly from Abreu, and the Dodgers went up 5-4 before Lewis had even settled in. He got the final two guys on fly balls, but the Dodgers now lead after five innings.

Lewis has now given up seven earned runs in his 3-1/3 innings of work in Grapefruit League play thus far. And remember: There will be a few more cuts tomorrow.

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 11, 2007; 1:41 PM ET
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