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Nationals win, Adam loses

Sorry for today's absence of game updates. For some reason, my laptop and the wireless in the press box in Port St. Lucie did not get along today. Frank Robinson and Tomo Ohka had a better working relationship.

Now that at I'm at a Starbucks a few blocks from the park, I can report the Nationals beat the Mets, 9-3. The Nationals are now 10-18, having gone 10-7 since their 0-11 start. With one more Grapefruit League game left, they're actually ahead of the Pirates (7-19) for last place.

Jason Marquis took another "step in the right direction," he said, in allowing three earned runs on six hits and no walks with four strike outs in five innings. We'll next see him April 7 against the Phillies. Brian Bruney, Jason Bergmann, Sean Burnett and Tyler Walker all threw a scoreless inning, allowing two hits between them. Bergmann, after a five-straight-hits disaster in his last outing, rebounded today with a changed appoach -- "I got after it today," he said. "My mentality was different: Here it is, you're going to hit it or you're not."

Josh Willingham continued an excellent spring with a two-run home run off Mets starter John Maine and an RBI double. He is hitting .370 with a .783 slugging percentage and a .408 on-base percentage. He's hit five home runs this spring; Willingham and Ryan Zimmerman have 11 of the Nationals' 23 homers. Willie Harris went 1 for 2 with a walk and a double.

Again, I'm sorry for no updates from the game.

By Adam Kilgore  |  April 1, 2010; 4:41 PM ET
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Taverez - 2 for 2 today (oh what a vote of confidence from this crowd can do!)

Bernadina - 1 for 1
Burgesse - 1 for 1

Let the competition continue!

Posted by: lowcountry | April 1, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Kilgore dropped his computer in disbelief when he realized Taveras would be a sometimes starting RF in the big leagues.

Posted by: hoo93 | April 1, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

"Frank Robinson and Tomo Ohka had a better working relationship."

Whoa!!! What was that!!!

Posted by: CajunD | April 1, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

guzman...right field...lets get some news

Posted by: formerlylove1 | April 1, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Adam, gotta love the dedication to post from Starbucks.

By the way, your excuse is much better than your buddy Chico apologizing for no posts because he was racing around the press box looking for a digital camera to take a picture of Boz's shoes.

Also, the Taveras thing is a perfect example of the huge hole in DC's Nats coverage. As the beat writer, Adam can't rip the team for this kind of decision (or, if you want to put it another way, for the FO painting themselves into a corner like this). And while Boz *could* do it, that sort of thing doesn't fit his higfalutin tyle. In Boston, NY, Philly, Chicago, LA, etc., there would be multiple columnists who would spare nothing in tearing the team to shreds over this. But in DC, we are left with bloggers assessing the move (see FJB's excellent and pithy analysis for an example), but those bloggers don't reach the mainstream fans. So the team continues to skate by without taking any real heat.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | April 1, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse


It's all good. You get to hook up in major league parks before long, and all should be fine. It is more comforting to have the team playing better baseball at the end of Spring Training. I am also a bit stunned that Willie Taveras is on the team. I hope he wins me over.

Tyler Walker was brought in on an MLB contract. He pitched well today, but I am not sure it will be enough. When will we get the last cuts? I guess they have to be after the game tomorrow, since the team will then travel north.


Posted by: kevincostello | April 1, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

CajunD: In '05 or '06 there was a memorable scene of Frank giving the hook to Ohka and Tomo wouldn't give it up. He was gone shortly thereafter.

Posted by: JamesWebster | April 1, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse


Without your updates, I had to do actual work today. I hope you're happy.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | April 1, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

MLB emphasis on defense pays off for Rays and Marlins:
(see Shenin's article)

Church has actually been a better defensive player than Francoeur the last two years. They both have around a .993 Fielding Percentage the last two years, but Church’s UZR has been 3.9 and 2.8, while Francoeur’s has been -4.7 and 0.6.


Losing speedster Willy Tavares (UZR 8.3) will likely go unnoticed with the speedy glove of Drew Stubbs set to fill in at CF.

Willy Harris UZR predicted to be between 3.6 and 2.8.

Posted by: periculum | April 1, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse


You'll be leaving those bush-league parks on the next flight out, my friend. Goodbye, Florida. Hello, big leagues. On behalf of all of us at NJ, enjoy the ride, my friend, and good luck with the wireless the rest of the way. The bell rings Monday!

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | April 1, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Right you are, James. It was June 2005.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 1, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Frank had to yank the ball out of Ohka's hand on the mound on the same night that Marlon Byrd sent umpire Joe Brinkman spinning/tottering to the ground and got suspended for it as he was running across the infield to get to the first base umpire, who had just taunted, and then ejected, him. That was a crazy game, back and forth, the Nats eventually beat the Marlins, 7-3

Posted by: dabagley | April 2, 2010 3:02 AM | Report abuse

"Frank Robinson and Tomo Ohka had a better working relationship."

Adam: This was before your time. I impressed you included this.

Posted by: BunRabs | April 2, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Won 10 of the last 17? Break up da Nats!!

Posted by: shanks1 | April 2, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse


Tomo Okha.


You didn't by any chance run this post past Gary Bennett before hitting "send," did you. . . .?

Posted by: mistermuleboy | April 2, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

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