Updates: Cardinals at Nationals
I'll provide periodic updates. ...
10:27: I was down in the clubhouse when the game ended. The Nationals won, 13-5, upping their record to 3-12.
9:19: Chris Duncan delivered a two-run single to right in the sixth. The Nationals lead 9-3.
8:50: The Nationals are taking it to the Cardinals' JV team, grabbing a 7-2 lead in the fifth inning. Miguel Batista pitched a 1-2-3 inning, and he also drove in the Nationals' latest run with a bases-loaded chopper.
8:22: Stephen Strasburg is finished after four innings. After a first in which he allowed two solo home runs, including one on his very first pitch, Strasburg dominated. He struck out seven of the last 12 batters he faced and gave up just two more hits, both singles. He threw 73 pitches, 53 strikes. After facing adversity for the first time, Strasburg thrived. Cristian Guzman is now coming on to pinch hit for him.
8:06: The Nationals took a 3-2 lead with some help from a Tyler Greene error, on which they scored a run. Adam Kennedy started the rally with a single. Ryan Zimmerman moved him to third with a clincal hit-and-run. Ian Desmond drove in a run with a groundball to give the Nationals the lead.
7:49: In his first at-bat of the spring, Stephen Strasburg ripped a line drive, one-hopper right at shortstop
Ruben Gotay Tyler Greene, who made the play for the third out of the inning. Strasburg kept rolling on the mound, allowing only an opposite field single to John Jay in the fourth. He struck out Allen Craig on a killer, 88-mph changeup that dove like a splitter. Strasburg threw 13 pitches, nine strikes.
7:31: Stephen Strasburg returned to his typical dominance in the second. He struck out all three hitters he faced -- Jason LaRue looking at an 80-mph curveball, Ruben Gotay foul-tipping a 97-mph fastball, and pitcher Andrew McClellan looking at a curveball that he treated like a miracle of modern science. Strasburg threw 11 of his 16 pitches in that inning for strikes. He's struck out four straight. Those home runs got him mad, maybe.
7:21: The Nationals got one back in their half. Ryan Zimmerman blooped a base hit behind first base, and he turned it into a double with some aweomsely alert hustle. He also dove in headfirst; these guys can't help themselves. Adam Dunn follwed with a deep double off the centerfield wall to score Zimmerman. The Nationals trail, 2-1.
7:10: It took Stephen Strasburg one pitch to lose his perfect ERA. Tyler Greene launched the first pitch of the game -- a 94-mph fastball -- over the fence in left center. After Strasburg struck out John Jay swinging at a 94-mph fastball, Allen Craig swatted a 97-mph fastball to the opposite field, where it clanged off the foul pole for another home run.
Strasburg induced a broken-bat grounder to third by Nick Stavinoha. David Freese chopped to short, where Ian Desmond made an error trying for a do-or-die hop. Strasburg came back with a strikeout of Tyler Henley, who looked at a 95-mph fastball on the inside corner.
The Cardinals lead, 2-0. Strasburg, in his first inning throwing to Ivan Rodriguez instead of Wil Nieves, threw 20 pitches, 13 for strikes.
March 19, 2010; 7:07 PM ET
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