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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 03/24/2012

Nationals-Orioles updates and discussion thread


(Julio Cortez - AP)

3:36, END: The Nats lost, 12-3, and were out-hit 17 to 4. They’re now 0-10-1 in their last 11.

2:29, MID 5: The Nats knocked a pair of singles in the fifth, one by Lombardozzi and one by Desmond, but they still couldn’t score. About Lombardozzi’s two errors last inning, both throwing: He played only one game at third base in the minors, and he thinks it’s toughest position. The Nationals are trying him out in the outfield, but that’s not his only unfamiliar position.

2:20, BOT 4: Edwin Jackson is done for the day after an incredibly ugly inning. The Orioles scored five runs with the help of two errors by Steve Lombardozzi and Jackson walking in a run with the bases loaded. Matt Wieters ended Jackson’s day with an RBI single. The Nats trail 10-1 despite throwing out two runners at the plate; Brett Carroll saved a run this inning.

1:59, MID 4: The Nationals have now made 10 straight outs after another 1-2-3 inning for Arrieta. One interesting note: Wilson Ramos, who grounded out there, looks to be using a more open stance than last year.

1:52, BOT 3: The Orioles broke the game open with two outs. Adam Jones singled to put two men on, and Matt Wieters lined a first-pitch homer to the opposite field. It’s 5-1, Baltimore. The O’s have seven hits.

1:49, BOT 3: The Nationals went 1-2-3 against, giving Arrieta seven consecutive batters retired, before the Orioles took the lead. Jackson allowed a leadoff single to Robert Andino, and Andino made it to second when Jackson bounced a pickoff throw to Chad Tracy. Jackson retired Hardy on a weak grounder to first, moving Andino to third, and Betemit golfed a first-pitch single to right. 2-1, Orioles.

1:36, END 2: The Nats went down in order, and so did the Orioles. Jackson got a gaggle of swing-and-misses in the second, whiffing Chris Davis and then freezing Nolan Reimold with a fastball at the knees and on the outside corner after getting two misses on sliders. Easily the best inning Jackson has thrown all spring. Still 1-1.

1:26, END 1: Edwin Jackson gave up a hard-luck run in the first. After two quick outs, Wilson Betemit rolled a ground ball through the right side. Adam Jones followed with an infield single Matt Wieters blooped a ball into shallow right-center, and Rick Ankiel couldn’t get there after a late jump. After Ankiel bobbled the ball, he scooped it up and fired a strike home, nailing Jones as he slid in. Three weak singles, and it’s tied at 1.

1:14, TOP 1: The Nationals took a 1-0 lead in the first when Wilson Ramos flared a single to right. Danny Espinosa started the rally with a double in the leftfield corner, a promising sign for his left-handed swing. His stats look bad this spring, but he’s hit a number of line drives at defenders from the left side. Chad Tracy walked with two outs, and Ramos followed with a good piece of two-strike hitting.

12:59, PREGAME: The Nationals are about to face the Orioles today in Sarasota, the hometown of leadoff hitter and shortstop Ian Desmond. He went to high school less than a mile from Ed Smith Stadium. The Nats will try to break their 10-game winless streak against right-hander Jake Arrieta while sending Edwin Jackson to the mound. We’ll have periodic updates throughout. The game is on MASN.

Here are the lineups:

Nationals

1. Ian Desmond, SS

2. Danny Espinosa, 2B

3. Rick Ankiel, CF

4. Chad Tracy, 1B

5. Wilson Ramos, C

6. Jesus Flores, DH

7. Corey Brown, LF

8. Brett Carroll, RF

9. Steve Lombardozzi, 3B

-Edwin Jackson, SP

Orioles

1. Ryan Flaherty, RF

2. J.J. Hardy, SS

3. Wilson Betemit, DH

4. Adam Jones, CF

5. Matt Wieters, C

6. Mark Reynolds, 3B

7. Chris Davis, 1B

8. Nolan Reimold, LF

9. Robert Andino, 2B

-Jake Arrieta, SP

By  |  01:02 PM ET, 03/24/2012

 
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