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Updates: Nationals vs Tigers

I'll provide periodic updates. ...

9:47: The Nationals lost, 8-2. Matt Capps allowed an RBI double while sheets of rain came down in the ninth for the final margin.

9:17: After Luis Atilano shut out the Tigers in the sixth, Miguel Batista allowed a run in the seventh on a play at the plate that Jim Riggleman came out to argue. Tyler Walker surrendered another run in the eighth on a bloop to center. The Nationals trail, 7-2, with one out in the eighth.

8:40: The Nationals have crept to within 5-2 after five innings. J.D. Martin is done after allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk. He struck out three. After his brutal first inning, Martin settled down and retired 10 of 11 at one point. Nyjer Morgan's hamstring seems to be 100 percent -- he beat out an infield single and stole second base in the fifth.

7:50: J.D. Martin calmed down, allowing two hits but no runs in the second and throwing a hitless third. The Nationals still have just one hit against Jeremy Bonderman, and they still trail, 5-0.

7:35: The Tigers roughed up J.D. Martin in the first inning, scoring five runs on five hits. Martin, in a last-gasp chance to convince Nationals brass he belongs in the rotation, did not acquit himself well. The Nationals went scoreless in the first despite a single by Ryan Zimmerman and they trail, 5-0.

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 25, 2010; 7:35 PM ET
 
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Comments

After spending almost 2 full weeks pitching to Minor League hitters, he lost any edge he might have had. I blame an extremely badly organized camp. Too bad, besides being a great kid, he's probably the most unselfish, team oriented guys on the club. Up until today, I believe he pitched better than everyone except Lannan. Could be that Riggs saying that Stammen was pretty much one of the starters had an effect on Martin. It's sad that a botched job of pitcher managing killed his chances of making the rotation.

Posted by: KenzAFan | March 25, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

That's pretty harsh. If he was locating his pitches properly, regardless of who he was throwing to over the last couple weeks, he should have been able to do a little better than 5 runs.

Posted by: Cavalier83 | March 25, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Adam-

Thanks for the updates. I am excited for Morgan and Atilano. You are doing a great job as beat writer so far, pal.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | March 25, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Ben Goessling's report -- nothing terribly earth-shattering. Riggleman said he was happy with the way Martin responded, and thought he could have gotten out of the first inning if Ordonez hadn't stuck his bat out at a 2-2 curveball in the first and punched it for a hit. Martin walked a couple guys from there, but settled down after that, and that was the main positive Riggleman drew from the night. He thought Nyjer Morgan looked as good as he has all spring -- "It was a typical Nyjer game," he said.

Posted by: periculum | March 25, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

KenzAFan, I'm inclined to agree with you. 37 pitchers in camp was a bad idea on a lot of levels. It caused Martin to not get enough exposure, not get enough innings against MLB bats.
If this outing occurred 3 weeks ago, and Martin pitched well, like he has, in his subsequent outings, Martin now would be locking up a spot, just like recent performances by Stammen and Mock and Livo seem to have done for them.

But I don't think it matters too much, and I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing for Martin.
1 - He will pitch for the Nats this year for sure.
2 - He might be blessed by not being part of what might be a horrific April for the Nats.

Posted by: Sunderland | March 26, 2010 4:07 AM | Report abuse

Yea, don't see many wins in April...

Posted by: bromisky | March 26, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

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