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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Nationals-Braves updates and discussion thread


(Paul Sancya - AP)

4:20, END: The Nationals lost, 3-2. Perry allowed a two-run rally in the 10th, helped by an error from Danny Espinosa. Ian Desmond started a rally in the bottom of the inning with his third hit, and he eventually scored on Brett Carroll’s bases-loaded sac fly. But with the Nationals out of players, Perry had to hit for himself with two on and two outs. Not surprisingly, the reliever struck out looking.

3:42, MID 9: The Nats had a chance to finish off a win over the Braves, but Jordan Parraz shot an RBI single through the right side off reliever Ryan Perry. Chad Durbin had thrown two scoreless innings, followed by a spotless inning by Tyler Clippard. It’s now 1-1.

2:24, END 4: Here’s an interesting twist. After Manager Davey Johnson said yesterday he would consider playing Lombardozzi in the outfield, Lombardozzi has entered the game in left, his first professional appearance in the outfield. Lombardozzi could have something of a Ben Zobrist role for the Nats this season.

The Nats took a 1-0 lead after Chad Tracy got their first hit, a single, and Ryan Zimmerman scored on a groundout by Jason Michaels. John Lannan is done for the day. His line: IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 79 pitches, 50 strikes.

2:11, BOT 4: Lannan is having a nice start. The Braves only have three hits and no runs after four innings. Then again, Lannan got bailed out in the second when Dan Uggla drilled a deep fly to left into a stiff wind that died at the warning track. Off the bat, it looked like a homer. Still, Lannan has been cruising along otherwise. In the fourth, Ian Desmond booted a grounder up the middle, his fourth error this spring. He had been having a nice defensive game, too. The Nats drew two walks off Hanson in the third, including one by Desmond, but despite several hard-hit balls they do not have any hits. Espinosa almost chucked his helmet after he lined out to first to end the inning while batting left-handed.

1:25, TOP 2: John Lannan allowed one single in each of the first two innings, a hard liner the other way by Brian McCann and a grounder up the middle by Jason Heyward. Ian Desmond helped him in the first with a nice play ranging to his left and a quick throw to retire speedy Michael Bourn. Desmond, Espinosa and Ryan Zimmerman each hit line drives in the first, but all three found outfield gloves. Still scoreless.

12:50, PREGAME: John Lannan will face a pretty stiff test against a Braves lineup stuffed with regulars who made the trip to Viera, including Michael Bourn, Brian McCann, Dan Uggla and Jason Heyward. You can watch the game live on MASN. And here’s the Nationals’ lineup for today:

1. Ian Desmond, SS

2. Danny Espinosa, 2B

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Jayson Werth, RF

5. Chad Tracy, 1B

6. Jason Michaels, LF

7. Roger Bernadina, CF

8. Jesus Flores, C

9. John Lannan, SP

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