4:13, END 9: The Nationals won, 2-1, on an RBI single by Mark DeRosa in the ninth inning that scored Danny Espinosa. Henry Rodriguez and Ryan Mattheus pitched the eighth and ninth. More to come.
2:47, END 7: Tom Gorzelanny retired all six batters he faced. Henry Rodriguez warming up. It’s still 1-1.
2:27, MID 6: Danny Espinosa, who earlier made a Gold Glove-caliber play at second base, drilled his first home run of the spring. Batting right-handed against Jaime Garcia, Espinosa lined a solo shot to right field to snap an 0-for-12 stretch. It’s 1-1.
2:19, END 5: A powerful performance by Gonzalez in his spring finale. He walked his first batter in the fifth and yielded an infield single to Furcal. By he added another strikeout, giving him seven. With Tom Gorzelanny having warmed up, he’s done: 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K
2:06, END 4: Gio Gonzalez has been mostly excellent, although consecutive doubles gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Gonzalez retired the first nine Cardinals he faced, including four strikeouts, all swinging, and three of them against Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina. But Tyler Greene and Beltran opened the fourth with doubles to left. Gonzalez eventually escaped the fourth with two more strikeouts, buckling Molina with a curve to end the inning. He’s got six Ks in four innings.
The Nationals have only two hits, singles by Mark DeRosa (who upped his spring on-base percentage to .430) and Gonzalez, who flashed his first competence at the plate this spring. When the inning on Ian Desmond’s double play play, Gonzalez came off the field laughing like a Little League and high-fived third base coach Bo Porter.