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Updates: Nationals at Braves

I'll provide periodic updates. ...

3:38: The Nationals lost to the Braves, 4-0. They finished with four hits. Reliever Tyler Walker, recovering from his brutal start to the spring, retired all four hitters he faced and struck out three.

2:45: Jason Marquis is finished for the day after allowing his second run of the afternoon. Brian McCann doubled to left to lead off the sixth. After Troy Glaus struck out, McCann moved to third on a grounder. Omar Infante scored McCann with an infield single. Matt Diaz smacked a sharp grounder to the left side. Ian Desmond dove and the ball trickled off his glove, allowing Diaz to scamper to second for a double. Tyler Walker entered with two men in scoring position and struck Eric Hinske. The Braves lead, 2-0.

2:31: The Braves lead, 1-0, after Jason Marquis could not avoid trouble in the fifth. Omar Infante and Matt Diaz led off with consecutive singles. Jair Jurrjnes bunted them over a base. Melky Cabrera grouned out to Eric Bruntlett, who made another diving stop going to his right. Martin Prado walked, but Chipper Jones stranded two runners with a liner to left. The Nationals couldn't score in the sixth.

Meanwhile, in Port St. Lucie, Craig Stammen has allowed one run on three hits and two walks in four innings, according to the Nationals official twitter feed, @NatsTownNews.

2:11: Jason Marquis kept the Braves scoreless after four thanks to a diving play by Eric Briuntlett. Chipper Jones walked and Troy Glaus singled to put runners on first and third with two outs. Jason Heyward grounded into the hole on right side. Bruntlett made a tumbling stop and threw from his knees to retire Heyward. It's still 0-0 in the top of the fifth.

1:54: After bombing in his first three starts, Jason Marquis seems to have figured it out today. Through three scoreless innings, Marquis has allowed only two singles. Jair Jurrjens held the Nationals hitless for three innings while walking Willie Harris and Nyjer Morgan. Ryan Zimmerman led off the fourth with a single. The Nats and Braves are tied, 0-0 in the top of the fourth.

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 27, 2010; 1:52 PM ET
 
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Comments

I'm guessing they're ready to start stretching him out and letting him go six or so, if he can? Would be nice to see him get through a quality start.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 27, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

As far as I am concerned, this is already a quality start by comparison. I do hope he shuts them out, though.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | March 27, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Stammen is working a nice game against the Mets as well. 4IP, 3H, 1ER, 2BB, 2K.

Posted by: BinM | March 27, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Dammit kevin, you had to mention shutout, didn't you?

Posted by: BinM | March 27, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the next Nats blog could be called "The Scottish Play," subtitled Nats DL Authority.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 27, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

is that "struck Eric Hinske," as in HBP, or "struck OUT"?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 27, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

still, a bummer for Marquis that he couldn't quite finish the sixth--looks like a little bit of luck would have gotten out of it, even with 2 runs in.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 27, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

although "The Ghost of Del Unser" would also be an excellent name for a Nats Blog...if the man weren't still alive.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 27, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

"The Ghost of Al Evans" OTOH, would work for me. (Moe Berg wasn't really with them long--although his second career was in DC, so maybe, but with a different focus.)

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 27, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I find it curious that Manuel would use K-Rod for a 2-inning stint, then bring in Parnell (one of his SP candidates) in the 7th. Of course, no-one has ever said he made good use of his pitching staffs.

Posted by: BinM | March 27, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Sec3: If you're going to play off "The sons of Sam Horn" theme, how about "the spawn of Elijah Dukes" (ducking).

Posted by: BinM | March 27, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Back to the (other) game - Maxwell singles! Guzman steals a base! Will wonders never cease?

Posted by: BinM | March 27, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

And Burnett gets lit up like a roman candle - AGAIN.

Posted by: BinM | March 27, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the team can go 1-1 today, or at least get the point for extra innings?

Posted by: BinM | March 27, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

How about "The Heirs of Nook Logan"?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 27, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

better: The Heirs of Xavier Prente

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 27, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

With a little over a week left to go in Spring Training, here's how I'd set the pitching staff:

SP: Lannan(L), Marquis(R), Stammen(R), Mock(R); Hernandez(R) gets added to the 25/40-man as the #5. Martin(R) gets optioned to SYR, and Olsen(L) either gets cut or optioned to SYR as well.
RP: Batista(R) gets added to the 25/40-man as the long-reliever. Bergmann(R) & Clippard(R) & Walker(R) are the MR corps; Burnett(L) becomes the LH specialist (gulp), and Bruney(R)/Capps(R) are the SU/CL.
Burnett could be replaced by either Slaten or English, should his problems continue, while Storen & Chico are 'in the wings', should Bergmann, Walker or Batista struggle.

Posted by: BinM | March 27, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Yabbut, the Ghost thing would work with Berg precisely because of the nature of his second career, don't ya know.

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"The Ghost of Al Evans" OTOH, would work for me. (Moe Berg wasn't really with them long--although his second career was in DC, so maybe, but with a different focus.)

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 27, 2010 3:00 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 27, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

oooh, good point, 1a

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 27, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

maybe the mascots could be the Mad Magazine's Spy vs. Spy (and occasionally, vs. Spy) spies.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 27, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

That would be great, sec3!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 27, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

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