Who had D'Angelo Jimenez in the pool?
That would be who delivered the Nationals' first RBI of the spring. Nook Logan reaches on error in top of the third. Felipe Lopez walks. Jimenez hits a crisp single to center. And ... Zimmerman's first RBI of the spring comes a batter later, a grounder just out of the reach of second baseman Jeff Kent that scores Lopez.
(Oh, Schmidt's out of the game. Mark Hendrickson -- the former Tampa lefty -- is now in. Should've mentioned that.)
Kearns with a sharp single to right. (I'm going to stop this play-by-play in a minute. I swear.) Bases juiced. Church at the plate.
(Still no Mia sightings.)
Church breaks his bat on a grounder to Garciaparra at first. But Nomar (former SS) throws the ball away trying to get two. Two runs score, making it 4-2 Nationals. And when Escobar grounds into a fielder's choice, Kearns scores from third. Schneider up with the Nationals leading 5-2.
(Wind seems calmer than it did earlier today. No homers. Might even be blowing more left-to-right than out now. And the sun is out. I have to say this is a nice place to be.)
And just as I say that, Schneider hits a deep fly ball to center, back back back ... oh, Pierre makes the catch on the track. Two down. Broadway up.
Broadway's a broad-shouldered kid. Nice left-handed swing. His manager in Class AAA last year, Tim Foli, said, "Everything he does is major league." His fielders in the minors rave about his defense.
But he knows this is a big spring for him. He reaches for an outside pitch and pulls it to second, an easy grounder.
But the Nationals get five on just three hits, and it's 5-2, Washington.
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