Wednesday, March 2, 2011; 4:11 PM
End 9, 3:50: The Nats won, 8-4. Sean Burnett closed it out with a 1-2-3 ninth. In the bottom of the eighth, Bryce Harper came to bat and smoked a fly ball to the warning track in left-center, only to have the center fielder track it down. The Nats are 3-0 this spring. Mid 8, 3:34 Back from the clubhouse, where Stephen Strasburg gave up an extensive update on his rehab. It's 7-4. No idea how any of that scoring happened. Also, a Nationals official who saw the radar gun readings said Yunesky Maya threw 87-90 mph with his fastballs. His array of curves and sliders, catcher Jesus Flores said, made it look much faster. Mid 6, 2:58 J.D. Martin allowed three straight two-out singles to allow a run. Nats, 5-3. I'm heading down to talk to John Lannan. More updates later. Top 6, 2:51: The Nats wetn quietly in the fifth. J.D. Martin is on to replace Maya. Maya's line: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 23 pitches, 16 strikes Mid 5, 2:40: Maya had another nice inning, allowing no runs despite two hits. He erased Bryan Petersen's leadoff single with a 1-6-3 double play. Omar Infante smacked a double to the right-center gap. Maya got out of the inning by striking out Dwayne Wise, swinging. Maya, like fellow Cuban Livan Herandez, is an excellent fielder. He showed it right there. Bot 4, 2:32: Roger Bernadina, one at-bat after a three-run homer, reached with a one-out bunt. Manager Jim Riggleman told Bernadina to commit one at-bat per game to his bunting, and he's been following. Rick Ankiel popped up, and Laynce Nix grounded to second. Mid 4, 2:28 Yunesky Maya was impressive in his first inning. He induced four swing-and-misses in 10 pitches, striking out two in a 1-2-3 inning. He made a nice play on a line drive back at him by John Buck for the first out. He K'd Wes Helms and Scott Cousins. End 3, 2:20: After Jesus Flores, Jerry Hairston and Alex Cora went down in order, Yunesky Maya is on to make his spring debut. Interested to see how he does. Lannan's line: 3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 46 pitches, 28 strikes Mid 3, 2:13: John Lannan gave another run before he got out of the inning. He helped himself with a 1-6-3 double play, which Alex Cora executed despite a lousy throw from Lannan. He hit Dwayne Wise on the hand, then yielded a single to Hanley Ramirez, a shot through the left side. Gaby Sanchez grounded to second to end it. Nats, 5-2. Top 3, 2:05: John Lannan ran into his first trouble, which started with a leadoff infield single. After a walk and an RBI single by John Raynor, the Nats lead 5-1. Two on, no outs. End 2, 1:57: Adam LaRoche struck out looking to end the inning. John Lannan stays in the game despite the long layoff. I wondered if maybe he'd be taken out. Bot 2, 1:54: The Nationals chased Johnson in the middle of an at-bat, obviously because Johnson reached a pitch limit. With the count 2-2 on Ryan Zimmerman, Brian Sanches came on. Zimmerman smoked a single to left, scoring Laynce Nix. It's 5-0. Bot 2, 1:45: Roger Bernadina crushed a three-run homer to right in his second at-bat, driving in Jerry Hairston (double) and Michael Aubrey (single). The Nats are up 4-0. Mid 2, 1:36: Six up, six down for John Lannan. Gaby Sanchez popped up to Ryan Zimmerman and Roger Bernadina caught a pair of easy flies to center. End 1, 1:31 The Nationals benefited from two errors to take a 1-0 lead. Rick Ankiel reached when Hanley Ramirez booted a grounder to short. Laynce Nix walked. Both runners moved up when Josh Johnson winged a pickoff throw into center, and Ryan Zimmerman scored Ankiel with a grounder to deep short. Jesus Flores ended the inning with a grounder to second. Mid 1, 1:12: Lannan with a 1-2-3 inning. Hanley Ramirez swung through a high, outside fastball on 2-2 to end the inning. 1:08: We're underway. There's a strong wind blowing out to right. Omar Infante, the first batter of the game, flied out that way off Lannan to start. 12:49: The first pitch of the Nationals' third spring training is about 15 minutes away. John Lannan makes his debut and, apparently, Yunesky Maya is actually going to be pitching after him. It'll be interesting to see how he looks, for sure. Josh Johnson goes for the Marlins. Keep it here for updates every half inning or so.