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Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 03/29/2011

Spring training live blog, the finale


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End, 3:27: The Nats lost, 8-2, and finished 15-14, their first ever winning record during the spring. The games count for real now.

Mid 9, 3:17:Sean Burnett tore through another scoreless inning to finish the spring with a 0.00 ERA in 9 1/3 innings. Rick Ankiel helped him with an excellent diving catch on a liner to center by Willie Harris. He walked Brad Emaus — Burnett’s first walk of the spring — but struck out No. 86 and got a dribbler from Josh Thole.

End 8, 3:12: It’s 8-2, Mets. Todd Coffey pitched a smooth eighth, the Nats went quietly, and now Sean Burnett will pitch the final inning of spring.

End 7, 2:56: While I was down talking with Adam LaRoche about his shoulder, Storen got rocked. He gave up four runs on seven hits, including a three-run, opposite-field home run by David Wright. That’s a terrible way for Storen to tuneup for the season.

LaRoche, by the way, said the cortisone shot he received did exactly what he hoped. He still can’t throw 100 percent, he said, but he’s much more comfortable and unconcerned he’ll be affected otherwise. “I’m really not worried about it at all,” he said.

Top 7, 2:29: As Drew Storen pitches the seventh, Ivan Rodriguez has come into the game at first base. The Nats may use him there at times this season in order to get Wilson Ramos into the game as a pinch-hitter. A chopper bounced over his head for a double, but it was a weird bounce and there wasn’t much he could do. Rodriguez has played seven games in his career at first, all with the Tigers in 2006.

End 6, 2:21: I had to go down to the clubhouse to speak with Zimmermann there. He said the reason he struggled in the second was he got a little too fast with his tempo. He still felt encouraged by how his arm feels and his spring overall.

It’s still 4-2, so Boyer must have got out of that jam against Ivan Rodriguez.

Bot 5, 1:58:The Nats cut their deficit to 4-2 against Mets reliever D.J. Carrasco. Ryan Zimmerman started a rally with a one-out walk before pinch-runner Brian Bxler replaced him. Morse singled, LaRoche walked and Jerry Hairston rolled into an RBI fielder’s choice. With two down and the bases loaded after Danny Espinosa got hit bya pitch, Blaine Boyer is coming on for the Mets.

Mid 5, 1:43: Tyler Clippard came in and rolled through a 1-2-3 inning, striking out David Wright swinging at a high fastball to start the inning.He ended the inning when Lucas Duda swung through a changeup. Heading into the season, after three successive outstanding appearances, Clippard looks like he’s found his best form.

Bot 4, 1:26: Adam LaRoche hit his first spring training home run, a bomb that cleared everything to right off Pedro Beato.Nats are down, 4-1.

Mid 4, 1:22: Brian Broderick with a rough outing his last time out by throwing a 1-2-3 inning, striking out Capuano.

And here comes another Rule 5 pick: Mets reliever Pedro Beato.

End 3, 1:15: Strong outing for Mets starter Chris Capuano. He rolled through the third, striking out Jayson Werth and Michael Morse. Jordan Zimmermann is out of the game after three uneven innings. His line:

3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 63 pitches, 42 pitches.

Brian Broderick is the new pitcher.

Mid 3, 1:09: The Mets didn’t score, but Zimmermann continued to get hit hard. Ike Davis hit a double to left down the line, a hit that Michael Morse perhaps could have caught. Brad Emaus smoked a drive to the warrning track, which Morse made a nice running play on. But Zimmermann isn’t missing many barrels in the early going.

End 2, 12:59: The Nationals loaded on a walk by LaRoche and singles by Jerry Hairston and Danny Espinosa. But Pudge lined to left, Zimmermann popped to left and Ian Desmond rolled to short. Nats trail 4-0.

Mid 2, 12:46: Zimmermann also gave up a double to David Wright before he got out of the inning, but he was helped by Angel Pagan getting thrown out at third trying to steal (after he had already stolen second) before Wright’s double. The Mets drew a walk and cracked four hits as Zimmermann threw a whopping 32 pitches.

Top 2, 12:36 : Ugly inning for Zimmermann. After the bases were loaded, pitcher Chris Capuano rocked a double to warning track in left-center, scoring all three runs. They also scored when a grounder skipped past Danny Espinosa, an error. Mets up, 4-0, and they’re still batting with one out.

Top 2, 12:31: Jayson Werth walked in the first, but Ryan Zimmerman struck out swinging and the Nats did not score. After a walk and two hard-hit singles to lead off the second, Zimmermann faces a bases-loaded, no-outs jam.

Mid 1, 12:19: Jordan Zimmermann got off to a decent start in his final spring outing. He allowed sinlges to Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran, but he struck out David Wright looking at a breaking ball and got out of the inning witha weak fly to left. Scoreless.

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