2:13, END: The Nats beat Georgetown, 3-0, in a mostly well-played game. The Nationals used a lot of minor leaguers, and the Hoyas, who are 6-2 in their season, acquitted themselves well. Bryce Harper went 0 for 2 with a walk and a failed attempt at a bunt single. Matt Purke allowed one hit, no walks and struck out three in three innings. Jeff Fulchino closed it out in the ninth.
1:46, MID 7: First seventh-inning stretch of 2012. It’s 3-0 now. The Nats have been using an outfield, left-to-right, of Destin Hood, Eury Perez and Michael Taylor, their three best outfield prospects behind Bryce Harper. Waldis Joaquin tossed two scoreless innings.
Here’s some encouraging news: Matt Purke averaged about 91 mph with his fastball today. Following his shoulder issues during his junior season at TCU, that’s right where he should be.
1:15, BOT 5: In his third at-bat, Harper skied a high fly ball to right field. It looked like he just missed hitting that one a long, long way. Harper hustled hard, reaching second base by the time the right fielder made the catch.
1:11, MID 5: Really sharp two innings by Martin, who struck out four of the seven batters he faced. Everything he throws moves a ton. In the bottom of the fourth, Eury Perez pinch ran after a Corey Brown walk and eventually scored on Sandy Leon’s sac fly to center. Brcye Harper due up second. 2-0, Nats.
12:54, MID 4: Rafael Martin, the reliever the Nats signed out of the Mexican League in 2010, threw some filthy breaking balls in a scoreless inning. Bryce Harper made one nice play in right field, scooting over to the right field corner to cut off a single, spinning and firing a strong throw to the cutoff man, keeping the runner on first.
12:45, END 3: In Bryce Harper’s second at-bat, the game turned cheeky for a moment. On the first pitch he saw from right-hander Jack Vander Linden, Harper dragged a bunt to the right side of the infield. Not exactly giving the people what they came to see; Vander Linden scooped the ball and retired him, 1-3. Tyler Moore smashed a double, but the Nats went quietly from there. 1-0, Nats.
12:39, MID 3: Matt Purke may be facing a college lineup, but he’s been awfully impressive. He struck out the inning’s first hitter with a nasty, backdoor curveball. Andres Blanco made another smooth play for the second out, and then he blew an inside fastball past the third batter. Pukre does this funny thing — at the end of the inning, he sprinted, really sprinted hard, from the mound to the dugout.
The Nats didn’t do anything in the their half of the second. Bryce Harper about to lead off the third.
12:23, MID 2: Quick, 1-2-3 inning. Bryce Harper made a nice running catch in shallow right. Shortstop Andres Blanco upstaged him with a great play, fielding a ball well to his left and making a strong, spinning throw. Purke finished off the inning by fielding a dribbler himself. After signing his major league contract, Purke is still good at getting college hitters out.
12:18, END 1: The Nats managed one run in a sloppy inning. Will Harris, the Hoyas tall, right-handed starter, hit Brett Carroll with the bases loaded to force in Paul. Anthony Rendon struck out looking with the bags still jammed, and Corey Brown flied out to left to end it. Nice job by Harris to get out ofit. 1-0, Nats.
12:12, BOT 1: Bryce Harper walked on four pitches in his first at-bat.
12:10, BOT 1: Matt Purke, who would still be in college had he not signed out of the draft, cruised through the first inning with eight strikes in eight pitches. He allowed a double to the second hitter he faced and struck out the last. Stephen Lombardozzi led off with a lazy fly to left, and Xavier Paul followed by stretching a single into a double.
The national anthem has been sung, the announcer said “Play ball,” John Fogerty is blaring and the first pitch of the Nationals’ spring is coming soon. The Nationals exhibition against Georgetown will not be televised or broadcast on the radio, but we’ll have updates all afternoon, with the most recent at the top. Keep it here.