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Updates: Nationals at Mets

I'll provide periodic updates throughout the game. ...

3:39: And it's over. The Nationals lose, 6-5, but they most definitely lowered their team ERA from 12.82.

3:23: The Mets scored one in the fifth off of Matt Capps to take a 6-5 lead, and the Nationals, who just finished batting in the top of the eighth when Pete Orr was thrown out at home, have yet to answer. Willie Harris helped save a run in the seventh with Ron Villone pitching. Ike Davis was on third when Chris Duncan caught a fly to left. He fired to Harris, the cut off man. Davis had scampered off third, and Harris chased him down, dove, and tagged him out as he slid back toward third. The Nationals have 11 hits.

2:23: Matt Chico provided a breath of fresh air for the Nationals pitching staff and pronounced himself a serious contender for a starting rotation spot. In two innings, he retired all six batters he faced. It was his first major league game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2008. He struck out Omir Santos to end the fourth. The Nationals are tied at 5.

2:07: The Nationals tied it at 5 with on an RBI double by Kevin Mench that scored Ivan Rodriguez, who had singled. Matt Chico is on making his first appearance this spring. David Wright flared his pitch to left for an out. Jason Marquis threw 46 pitches, 24 strikes and 22 balls.

1:54: After an easy first inning, Jason Marquis joined the conga line of Nationals pitchers who had brutal spring debuts. The Mets scored five runs in the second before he recorded an out in the inning -- four on an inside-the-park grand slam. Really. Marquis allowed two singles and two walks, and then Omir Santos ripped a ball down the third-base line. Leftfielder Willy Taveras could not un-wedge the ball the from the fence, and Santos just kept running. Taveras pleaded for amnesty in the form of a ground-rule double, but the umpire was having none of it. Mets lead, 5-4.

1:21: Mike Morse continued his strong push to make the the Nationals bench with a two-run home run in the first inning. The Nationals gave Jason Marquis a 3-0 lead. Justin Maxwell led off with a walk against Oliver Perez then stole second. Ian Desmond continued his breakout spring with a single through the right side, scoring Maxwell. Up came Morse, who belted a missile over the left-center fence.

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 7, 2010; 1:21 PM ET
 
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Comments

Marquis looked good through 1; If he's as efficient in the 2nd, I'd prefer to see him throw 3IP, rather then go two & throw a 20-pitch bullpen.

Posted by: BinM | March 7, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they're just warm-weather players. Not an excuse, I'm just sayin.

Or would that be the Clutching At Straw Men fallacy?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 7, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Just tuned in for my first look at the 2010 Nats. Up 4-0, then I blinked, and it was 5-4 Mets. Tough when you walk the first 3 batters in an inning.

Posted by: KenNat | March 7, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

OO-oo-FF! So much for 3 innings from Marquis.

Posted by: BinM | March 7, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Hello, Live-Roosters-R-Us? I'd like to place an order...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | March 7, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

AK - These umpires that won't recognize a ball stuck in a fence, they're the major league umpires, also in spring training, right?

Posted by: hats4bats | March 7, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Did Mench ignore a sign rounding 3rd against Francouer, or did the 3B coach send him?

Posted by: BinM | March 7, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

hats4bats: Unless it's clearly set forth as a Park 'ground-rule', a ball stuck in the padding is considered "in-play"; Santos was right to keep running. And yes, it sucked for the Nationals.

Posted by: BinM | March 7, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

thanks bin.

btw, you might want to consider copyrighting that last line of yours -- the royalties would be worth a fortune.

Posted by: hats4bats | March 7, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Good for Matt Chico... I'm rooting for you

Posted by: Ghost7 | March 7, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

i thought this game is on MASN?

Posted by: deposetejada | March 7, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"Matt Chico provided a breath of fresh air for the Nationals pitching staff and pronounced himself a serious contender for a starting rotation spot. In two innings, he retired all six batters he faced. "

It's Spring Training. One thing I've learned over the years is teams usually ignore what happens in these games. They have a plan as to who is going to play with the big club, and these games are used to give them work, not as an audition.

Chico may well be the Nats' best pitcher this Spring. Wouldn't surprise me. It also won't surprise me if all it will do is earn him a ticket to Columbus instead of some lower level. Same with Desmond. My guess is he will shine this Spring. In a fair competition, he would get the SS job. I bet that won't happen, though. Ditto for Maxwell.

Posted by: fischy | March 7, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

No, but you can use the wfan.com "listen live" function to hear it. Tomorrow's game will be on the radio locally (yay - Charlie and Dave!), and Tuesday's will be on local radio and MASN.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 7, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

tks! natsfan1a1

Posted by: deposetejada | March 7, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Desmond fan. Have been for a while. I also like Maxwell and Bernadina. What bothers me a lot though is the Guzman situation. I've watched him play since Washington first signed him. His first year was horrendous offensively, maybe the worst I've ever seen from a regular. Then he's injured for most of his remaining contract. Then he's signed for eight million per to produce subpar defense, no power, no base stealing and a mediocre on base average. But what drives me nuts is my player, Desmond will have to play like Ramirez and, possibly, still not get the job this year.
I want the Maxwells to play, the Bernadinas, not the Kennedys and the too many defensive liabilities in the lineup.

Posted by: jcampbell1 | March 7, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

You're welcome, depose.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 7, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Nats lose! Chico looked good and Capps didn't. Taveris needs to find work elsewhere.

Desmond, Morse and Maxwell continue to show that they belong!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | March 7, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Sounded like Storen did well, too.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 7, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Another loss, but at least this one was respectable. Marquis' 2nd inning was dissapointing, and Capps may have opened the door on the closers' job for either Storen, Bruney, or even Clippard.

On the offensive side, Desmond & Morse are doing everything possible to make the 25-man; I wish them both success.

Posted by: BinM | March 7, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Unless Capps pre-season continues this way, I would think he is a close to a lock to open the season as the closer... but, I would think Storen is his main set up man by mid-season, with a chance to push Capps on the closer role by end of the year...

Couldn't agree more about Desmond vs Guzman... Desmond has the power to hit 15+ homers and the speed to steal 15+ bases... and as long as he keeps his average over .240, he would easily out produce the no power, no speed, lifetime .307 on-base percentage of Guzman... the only question is, how reliable is he in the field... he is already more spectacular then Guzman, but can he make the routine play day after day after day after day... I would like to find out instead of watching another year of Guzman...

Posted by: Ghost7 | March 7, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Under 10 runs today. We can build on this!!

Posted by: Kev29 | March 7, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Ghost7:
Just because the Nationals brought Capps in as their advertised closer for 2010 doesn't give him a 'lock' on the job, imo. He had a fairly lame season in 2009, and if he continues on his current ST trend, he falls back into the MR mosh pit with 5-7 others.

Posted by: BinM | March 7, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

This is the second game I've listened to and the first I've watched (MLBN). Agree with BinM on players mentioned. I hope Chico is really back, those 6 up 6 down looked good, because I think we are going to need him. Lots. Maxwell looks good defensively, but not offensively. If he cannot learn to lay off pitches, he will not make it. Which would be a shame, because he has talent. Maybe just not enough.

At least we played a respectable game, and with most of our offensive power out while the Mets' was in. And (ready for this NatsNut?) it is early...

Posted by: NatsFly | March 7, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

From AK: "3:39: And it's over. The Nationals lose, 6-5, but they most definitely lowered their team ERA from 12.82".
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Yes, they did. The Nationals pitchers "slash line" (WHIP/BAA/ERA) is now a sickly 2.4146/.340/11.63. Woo-Hoo.

Posted by: BinM | March 7, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"The Nationals lose, 6-5, but they most definitely lowered their team ERA from 12.82."

That's the "good" news. The bad news (no quotes needed) is that our best free agent acquisition SP gave up an in the park grand slam after walking 3 hitters, then our FA closer give up the game winning run.

Posted by: NatsFly | March 7, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

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