Updates: Nationals vs. Cardinals
I'll provide periodic updates. ...
(This is video of Stephen Strasburg's first at-bat against Skip Schumaker.)
4:07 The Nationals lost, 7-3, and dropped to 0-10 for the spring. Brian Bruney had a rocking-chair, 1-2-3 inning in the ninth, and the Nationals tacked one on. In the end, that mattered not at all.
3:28: Tyler Clippard walked five and hit a batter in 1 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and leaving the bases loaded for Ron Villone. Villone walked the first batter he faced to force in a run. The batter bounced back to Villone, who tried to start a 1-2-3 double play. His thorw home, though, bounced past Jaime Burke, and two runs scored. Just a ridiculous play. The Nationals trail, 7-2, in the eighth.
2:40: After his rocky first inning, Hernandez has calmed. He allowed a walk in the fifth and a single in the sixth, the latter erased by a 5-4-3 double play started expertly by Ryan Zimmerman. It's still tied, 2-2, after 5 1/2.
2:18: Livan Hernandez surrendered the lead, allowing the Cardinals two runs on two walks, two hits and an error. Hernandez did strike out David Freese with a 61-mph curveball, and he left the bases loaded when Schumaker flared to Adam Dunn at first. It's tied, 2-2.
1:58: The Nationals took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Alberto Gonzalez led off with a single. After a Nyjer Morgan flyout, Adam Kennedy followed with a triple off the wall in right-center. Ryan Zimmerman, continuing his hot spring, singled to left to score Kennedy. Now we'll get our first look at Livan Hernandez.
1:51: Stephen Strasburg is done for the day after three innings, stretching his scoreless innings streak to start the spring to five. He threw 49 pitches, 28 of them strikes, and allowed two hits and one walk with two strikeouts. In the third, he induced a foul pop-up to first from Tyler Greene. Then he had another first -- turning over a big-league lineup. Skip Schumaker, in his second at-bat of the day, grounded weakly to second. Felipe Lopez hit a chopper to third, where Ryan Zimmerman made the play.
In his first outing, Strasburg fell behind six of eight batters. Today, he threw seven of 11 first-pitch strikes.
1:40: With Dunn and Dukes on base, Mike Morse struck out swinging and Wil Nieves grounded out to second. Still scoreless after two.
1:37: Adam Dunn walked to lead off the second. With Josh Willingham facing a 3-2 count, Dunn took off with Adam Wainwright's pitch. Willingham struck out, but Dunn slid in safely for a stolen base. Dunn has two stolen bases over the past two seasons, a span in which he has played 317 games. Elijah Dukes followed with a walk.
1:31: Stephen Strasburg allowed another single, but he still faced the minimum in the second. He threw 12 pitches, seven strikes. Nick Stavinoha led off with a single. Strasburg struck out Yadier Molina looking at a curveball. Joe Mather grounded out to Ryan Zimmerman, who started a slick 5-4-3 double play. Strasburg has one inning to go.
1:22: Stephen Strasburg worked out of a two-out jam and held the Cardinals scoreless in the first. His fastball topped out at 97 mph and sat mostly at 96. He threw 24 pitches, allowing one hit to Allen Craig and walking Colby Rasmus.
Strasburg started Skip Schumaker with three 96-mph fastball, the third of which he grounded weakly back to Strasburg. Felipe Lopez chopped a 2-1, 97-mph fastball back to Strasburg, who made the second out himself. After the hit, an 0-2 flared single to center, and the walk, Strasburg struck out David Freese on a 2-2, 80-mph curveball.
The Nationals went in order against Adam Wainwright.
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