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END 10: The game ends in a 4-4 tie. For the second time this week, the Nationals have played a game with no winner. Ryan Mattheus looked very strong in his two innings of relief to end the game.
END 9: I’m sure you’re all glued to your TV for the Nationals’ sixth spring training game of the year, which is in extra innings. It’s tied 4-4. The second time in less than a week that they’ve gone to extras.
END 6: The Nationals took the lead in the sixth inning when Matt Skole worked a bases loaded walk. Chris Marrero, who is 4 for 14, doubled to leadoff the inning and score the go-ahead run.
END 2: The new center fielder has been fun to watch today. He reached on a walk. Then stole second base without a throw. Then he stole third base. Jayson Werth drove him in with a groundout. Nationals lead, 2-1.
Stephen Strasburg is done for the night. (His line: 3 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. Correction from before: he tossed 53 pitches, 31 of them strikes.) Zach Duke is on in relief.
MID 3: That’s likely it for the starter. He’s at 52 pitches through three innings with a 60-pitch limit for today. Strasburg didn’t seem so happy with a few calls by home plate umpire Jeff Gosney. The inning ends with a strikeout ‘em out, throw ‘em out. Kurt Suzuki gunned down Jordany Valdespin at third base easily. Through three innings, Strasburg has six strikeouts.
END 2: The Nationals’ top prospect fired an opposite field double, which carried towards the right-center wall, which plated Danny Espinosa to tie the game 1-1. As if it wasn’t already obvious, Rendon can hit.
By the way, he is 5 for 11 with two doubles and four RBI so far this spring. Tie game, 1-1.
MID 2: The hard-throwing right-handed needed only 17 pitches to get through the inning, even with a walk. He has thrown 33 pitches so far, 20 of them strikes. Strasburg’s offspeed pitches looked particularly sharp in the inning. Mets lead, 1-0.
MID 1: Stephen Strasburg gave up singles to the Mets’ first two batters (Jordany Valdespin and Collin Cowgill). Mike Baxter drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly. Strasbug then mowed down the final two batters with strikeouts to end the inning. Mets lead, 1-0.
PREGAME: Stephen Strasburg makes his second start of the spring, and first one at home in Viera. He will limited to 60 pitches, which ideally for the Nationals would be three innings of work. Kurt Suzuki is starting at catcher but curiously hitting second in the lineup. Davey Johnson said that’s because he wants Suzuki to get at-bats quickly before he gets pulled. If Suzuki hit lower in the lineup, where he normally does, it may take too many innings to come up to bat two or three times. The lineups are here.
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