Nationals-Marlins spring training live blog: Stephen Strasburg vs. Giancarlo Stanton


(Toni L. Sandys)

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.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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