8:22, BOT 5: Tom Gorzelanny rebounded from his disastrous first outing of the spring with a scoreless inning. He walked a batter, but he struck out two, including Stanton whiffing at a curveball. Chad Durbin in the game now. 2-0, Marlins. Old friend J.D. Martin is pitching for the Marlins.
8:02, MID 4: The Nats got their first off Wade LeBlanc, a single by Tyler Moore. Strasburg is done after three innings in favor of Tom Gorzelanny. Here’s Strasburg’s line: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, 2 R, 2 K, 46 pitches, 32 strikes. Strasburg is getting some extra pitches in in the bullpen
TOP 4, 7:54 The Marlins are getting to Strasburg, making him work awfully hard in the second inning. After they scored two runs off him, pitching coach Steve McCatty gave him a visit. Bryan Petersen started the rally with a one-out grounder back to Strasburg, which he stabbed at and knocked down. He had a hard time picking it up, and by the time he did, he made a lollipop throw to first that seemed to slip out of his hands.
Jose Reyes followed by fouling four straight 1-2 pitches away, then ripping a line drive to center. After a long run, Ankiel had the ball glance off his glove. The official scorer gave him a three-base error. Emilio Bonifacio followed with a sharp opposite-field single, putting the Marlins up, 2-0. Neither run was earned, officially, but Strasburg gave up some hard contract there. He’s thrown 45 pitches and has one inning, at most, remaining.
7:37, MID 3: Roger Bernadina gave the Nationals their first base runner when LeBlanc hit in the right hand (or maybe wrist or arm) with two outs. Bernadina keeled over in pain and a trainer tended to him, but he stayed in the game. Ian Desmond made the last out as Hanley Ramirez, learning third base, made a nice play on a high hop to his left. It’s 0-0.
7:29, END 2: Stephen Strasburg walked Gaby Sanchez with a low fastball on a 3-2 pitche, but he still hasn’t allowed a run. He struck out Giancarlo Stanton on three pitches – a fastball swinging, a fastball looking and curveball admiring. Omar Infante flied out to left, and John Buck grounded to short. Strasburg has thrown 23 of his allotted 60 pitches, 16 strikes.
7:20, MID 2: Stephen Strasburg dominated in a 1-2-3 first inning, throwing 10 pitches, seven strikes, while not allowing a ball out of the infield. Strasburg to groundouts from Jose Reyes and Emilio Bonifacio, then struck out Hanley Ramirez looking on a 3-2 fastball. He hit 100 miles per hour on the center field scoreboard, but he wasn’t throwing quite that hard – he hit between 94 and 97 on one scout’s radar gun. Meantime, the first six Nats’ hitters have gone down.
PREGAME: The Marlins are starting almost their whole opening day lineup, including Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez and Giancarlo Stanton. It should be a nice test for Stephen Strasburg in his second start of the spring. Wade LeBlanc is on the hill for Miami.