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Presumably, Ross Detwiler, Washington's first-round pick in 2007, will pitch many more times against big league hitters. Presumably, too, none of those outings will be so excruciating. After pitching in Class A last year, Detwiler failed to record an out in his first performance of the spring, here in the third inning. He faced five batters, walked four of them, and then received the mercy of Acta, who removed him in favor of Luis Atilano.

Atilano retired the next three batters on flyouts, allowing one of three inherited runners to score. Detwiler, then, was charged with three runs.

Though this was Detwiler's first outing of the spring, he had pitched previously against big leaguers, debuting as a call-up in September 2007. He pitched one scoreless inning against Atlanta on Sept. 7.

"I just didn't throw strikes and get ahead of hitters, and once you fall behind you try to be too fine," Detwiler said. "I didn't think there was any issue mechanically. Just wild today. There's always going to be some kind of nerves, but I didn't really feel like there was more than normal. It's the first time out, and sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you have to go up."

It's the bottom of the fifth now.

Cardinals 5, Nats 0.

No Jim Bowden at the ballpark.

By Chico Harlan  |  February 28, 2009; 2:39 PM ET
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