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Updates: Nationals at Cardinals

I'll provide periodic updates. ...

3:47: After the Nationals lost their first 11 games this spring, they have won two games this afternoon. While the split squad in Viera beat the Marlins 12-3, the team in Jupiter beat the Cardinals, 4-2. Jesse English closed it out in the ninth, allowing a leadoff single before striking out three straight. John Lannan gets the win, English the save.

3:31: Three more outs left for the Nationals to record their first win (unless the split-squad in Viera wins first; they're up 12-3). Doug Slaten got through the eighth with no trouble, helped by a teriffic play by Ian Desmond on a ball that bounced over the second base bag. The Nationals lead the Cardinals, 4-2.

3:24: I'm back after talking with John Lannan. Mostly, he was just happy to face an opposing team for the first time in 11 days -- his second scheduled start was turned into a simulated game by the rain.

The Nationals lead 4-2 after 7 1/2 innings. The Cardinals scored one off of Aaron Thompson, the first run he gave up this spring. Doug Slaten replaced him and gave up a fly out to the warning track to Albert Pujols. Five more feet, and it would have been a tie game.

2:51: The Nationals still lead, 4-1, after six innings. Aaron Thompson relieved John Lannan and pitched two scoreless innings. He allowed two hits, a double and a single. He also struck out Albert Pujols swinging late on a fastball in the fifth. He has thrown six scoreless innings this spring.

2:23: John Lannan is done for the day after perhaps the Nationals' finest pitching performance of the spring. He allowed one unearned run on two hits, both groundball singles, and one hit batter. He struck out two. Only two of his out came on fly balls (one by Albert Pujols), and the Nationals also made two errors on groundballs. The Nationals lead, 4-1, after four.

2:06: The Nationals lead, 4-1, after three. Ivan Rodriguez singled up the middle to score Ian Desmond and Adam Kennedy, who both dumped singles into center. Rodriguez has four RBI in his past two games, three today. John Lannan has retired six straight and allowed two hits through three innings. The run is unearned.

1:47: The Nationals lead, 2-1, after two innings. They scored both runs in the second, when Josh Willingham doubled, Chris Duncan walked, Ivan Rodriguez singled home Willingham, Josh Whitesell singled to load the bases, and Justin Maxwell drove a sacrifice fly to center off Kyle Lohse. John Lannan got into a jam -- runners on second and third with one out -- but struck out Skip Schumaker looking at a big breaking ball and induced a grounder to short by Allen Craig.

1:23: The Nationals fell behind, 1-0, after the Cardinals took advantage of two errors against John Lannan. With one out, Allen Craig ripped a ball off of Eric Bruntlett's glove at third. Albert Pujols followed with a double-play ball to Ian Desmond's right, but the ball skidded off his glove and into left. Ryan Ludwick shot a grounder through the left side to score Craig. Lannan got out of the inning with two more ground outs.

1:15: Roger Bernadina led off with an infield single up the middle, but the Nationals still went in order in the first. Ian Desmond grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. After his scalding, 10-for-21 start, Desmond is 0 for his last 6. That's a little something called regression to the mean. Adam Kennedy grounded out to the right side.

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 16, 2010; 1:12 PM ET
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Can't give up errors. Good that Lannan limited the damage to one run.

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Posted by: adhardwick | March 16, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, some defense would be good here. ;-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 16, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Must they play anymore? May we please have a 2-inning victory?


Posted by: kevincostello | March 16, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse


Guzman and Kennedy have had no time to work together and get used to each other. Ordinarily, that would be a huge concern for a team 3 weeks from Opening Day.

But then again, since the Nats don't really care about competing this year, I guess it's not a big deal. Since they don't care about competing this year though, why is Guzman starting anyway? Give Desmond the shot and let's see what he can do.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | March 16, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Second the request by PHS. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 16, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

What happend to Rizzo and the big spring training trade? I guess nobody wants our trash? Who would we have to give up to get the Chief from the M's? How about Guz and a carton of jock straps....

Posted by: hansenjo | March 16, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I'll add my sigh of relief after a solid performance by Lannan. Hopefully the pitchers who follow will be inspired.


Posted by: kevincostello | March 16, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Atta boy, Johnny!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 16, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Aaron Thompson is making a case for a late-season call up. Spring couldn't go any better for him and now he needs a solid AA stint. I'd guess that he more than anyone else has helped himself this spring. The nick trade was a great deal and it gives the organization another legit young arm.

Posted by: hoo93 | March 16, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse


I hope you are right. It is really time for some of the trades we have made to pan out. Martis and Garate and Atilano and Thompson and Mock and Chico and a few others are still brewing, and it would be great to hit the jackpot on at least one or two of them.


Posted by: kevincostello | March 16, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Well done, AK! Keep 'em coming!!!

Posted by: ajtrue78 | March 16, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Finally. Not one but two curly W's in the books today. Yeah! Hope that they remembered to tote the cases of bubbly to Jupiter. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 16, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

hooray! we win two!

Posted by: bromisky | March 16, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

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