Updates: Nationals at Cardinals
I'll provide periodic updates. ...
3:50: The Nationals are 0-8 in the Grapefruit League. The Cardinals beat them, 6-4. Jason Bergmann threw a scoreless eighth. Eric Bruntlett and Chris Duncan struck out to end it.
3:27: For the third time in his first three appearances, Matt Capps could not execute a clean inning. He allowed two runs after John Jay led off with a triple and Allen Craig followed with a double. Capps has allowed five earned runs in three innings. In the eighth, Justin Maxwell blasted his first homer of the spring on an 0-2 pitch. It's 6-4 Cardinals.
3:09: Just back from speaking with Garrett Mock. The Nationals trail, 4-3, after Chris Duncan struck out with runners on first and third to end the top of the seventh. Mock, who threw 48 pitches in three innings, felt like he needs to get ahead of more batters. The home run pitch was a 2-0 changeup, which he "babied" a little bit. "His eyes lit up like a Christmas tree," Mock said.
2:36: The Nationals have scored three runs in the sixth off Ryan Franklin to close the gap to 4-3. Pete Orr led off with a single. Willie Harris followed with a triple into the rightfield corner, and Ian Desmond followed that triple with a triple of his own to left-center. Man, he is exciting. He slid under a tag to beat a relay throw. After a Chris Duncan RBI groundout, Adam Dunn is batting with the bases empty.
2:14: J.D. Martin got touched for two runs in his first inning. He allowed back-to-back doubles to Nick Stavinoha and Colby Rasmus for one run. Ryan Ludwick reached on a throwing error by Pete Orr. Yadier Molina grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, which scored Rasmus. The Nationals trail 4-0 after four innings.
2:06: The Nationals remain scoreless after a 1-2-3 three fourth against Brad Penny, who allowed only the single to Adam Dunn in four innings. Garrett Mock got through the third with minimal damage, allowing only a single to Skip Schumaker. Felipe Lopez helped him by getting picked off at second base in the first and, in the third, being caught stealing second by Ivan Rodriguez. Mock is done after three having allowed two runs on five hits and struck out three. J.D. Martin is taking over. Through 3 1/2 innings, the Nationals trail 2-0.
1:43: Through two innings, the Nationals trail, 2-0. Garrett Mock has allowed four hits, one of them an infield swinging bunt by old friend Felipe Lopez and one a two-run home run by Allen Craig. Against Brad Penny, the Nationals have one hit, a single by Adam Dunn. Mike Morse and Justin Maxwell each struck out.
March 10, 2010; 1:43 PM ET
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