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Ninth Inning: Tigers 5, Nats 2

The Nats are down 5-2 entering the ninth, and are about to fall to 9-9-2 in the Grapefruit League. A quick statistical update ...

* Lastings Milledge went 0-for-4 today with three strikeouts.

* WMP had two hits in three at bats, some much-needed productivity.

* Nick Johnson went 1-for-3, raising his spring training average to .167. (No, Manny Acta said he isn't worried. Veterans are entitled to sluggish springs. But Johnson's timing has been a bit off this month, and there are some underlying questions about just what kind of player is going to emerge after such a long layoff. I'll write about this later with greater depth.)

* The Nats bullpen allowed no runs today. (Two scoreless from Ryan Wagner; one inning from Gary Glover and Shell.)

By Chico Harlan  |  March 20, 2009; 3:35 PM ET
 
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Oh boy, "But Johnson's timing has been a bit off this month, and there are some underlying concerns about just what kind of player is going to emerge after such a long layoff."

Hmmmm, time to get Adam Dunn a net, since his abilities with a 1B glove is well, limited.

Come on Nick, your like new tires on an old car. The body is old but the treads are still deep.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | March 20, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

GO GO WILY MO!!!!

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | March 20, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

"WMP had two hits in three at bats, some much-needed productivity."

Sorry, Chico, but this says next-to-nothing, especially in a spring training game. Tell us something meaningful. Were they hard-hit balls? Line drives? Bloops? Who were they hit off of? Fastballs, or breaking balls (which historically he can't hit)? How did he look at the plate?

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | March 20, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Stop it CIL, you're talking about my guilty pleasure.

What I keep hoping for is a young Frank Thomas, while the rest of you see Mr. Whipple.

Oh,well.

Let's play two!

Posted by: SlowPitch63 | March 20, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, CIL...and Milledge with 3 K's.....so what we know he can hit...what I want to know is how many balls did he misplay? How many cut off men did he miss? Did he run hard after balls and did he hang his head walking back tot he dougout?

Posted by: JayBeee | March 20, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Not that I was at the game, but the box score shows Milledge with an outfield assist, JayB. For today at least, his arm was good enough to gun someone down at third.

Posted by: faNATic | March 20, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Johnson is going to be ok. He has a solid track record that shows he can hit. All we need is for him to remain healthy and he will produce. Just as in the plan....patience please.

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 20, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm just worried it's because Eckstein's been kippin' with Nick's swing.

My guilty pleasure is Kearns. (ducks)

Posted by: NatsNut | March 20, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

... on March 14, Barry Svtrnklugdfba reported:

"At 10 p.m. or so, Eckstein sprinted down to the batting cage to work with Johnson."

... now today, a mere six days later, we read:

"But Johnson's timing has been a bit off this month, and there are some underlying concerns about just what kind of player is going to emerge after such a long layoff."

... maybe Rick is only showing him how to hit in night games.

Posted by: natscanreduxit | March 20, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I'll stand with you re. Kearns, NatsNut. (also ducks)

I laughed at "Svtrnklugdfba," natscan.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 20, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

CIL,

If you need a detailed account of WMP's day at the plate in a spring training game you need to get a life.

Posted by: BillyBeane | March 20, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

GO GO WILY MO!!!!

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | March 20, 2009 3:57 PM
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That's it, keep it up, big guy! Hit yourself onto an AL roster for something more than a bag of BP balls & two fungo bats - Please?

Posted by: BinM | March 20, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

My guiltiest pleasure is reading all of you characters in NJ comments. My less-guilty pleasure is Belliard.
Geezer

Posted by: utec | March 20, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

My guilty pleasure from the Nationals - Kory Casto (I'm a sucker for the underdog).

Posted by: BinM | March 20, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

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