3:01, MID 7: Chad Durbin struck out two, inclduing Jason Heyward, in a scoreless inning. The Nats have an inteesting decision to make with Durbin. He has an out clause and has said he’ll look for another team. Davey Johnson has been insistent he wants Mattheus with Storen on the DL, but Mattheus has an option remaining.
2:46, BOT 6: Brett Carroll probably had the team made, especially after this morning’s cuts, but he provided an exclamation point. Carroll crushed a three-run triple off the right-center wall, then scored himself on a throwing error by shortstop Jack Wilson. The Nationals are still rallying after an Ian Desmond single, and they lead 6-1.
2:35, BOT 6: The Nats have knocked out Minor. Adam LaRoche walked in his third plate appearance before exiting for a pinch-runner. Nady followed with a single through the left side, making him 2 for 6 in his last-minute bid to make the Nats (and maybe be the starting left fielder.)
2:29, BOT 6: Ryan Zimmerman gave the Nats a 2-1 lead with an opposite-field, two-run homer. Espinosa walked to lead off the inning. Zimmerman, 1 for 3 today, entered today hitting .400. He’s got three homers now.
2:23, MID 6: The Nationals managed no offense again, only a walk by Brett Carroll. Edwin Jackson plowed through another 1-2-3 inning. Nady ended the inning by making a nice running catch in left. Jackson has retired 16 of his last 17 batters.
2:10, MID 5: Jason Heyward ended Jackson’s retired-hitters streak as emphatically as you can. He hit a home run over the 35-foot batter’s eye in center field, which is about 410 feet from the plate. That’s the longest home run I’ve seen hit at Space Coast Stadium, and the wind is dormant. Jackson recoverd, retiring the next three hitters. It’s 1-0, Braves.
2:04, END 4: Edwin Jackson has now retired 10 straight Braves, a stretch that is assuring for the Nationals after Jackson allowed 10 runs his time out. Adam LaRoche smoked a line drive single back up the middle, making him 1 for 2 today. Nady ended the inning by lining into a double play. Still scoreless.
1:50, END 3: Edwin Jackson go through another quick, 1-2-3 inning. He’s retired seven straight batters. Wilson Ramos lined a single to right to lead off the third and Brett Carroll followed with a walk. But Jackson couldn’t get down a bunt, Desmod struck out and Espinosa grounded to second. Still scoreless.
1:32, END 2: The Nationals and Braves are still scoreless after two. Edwin Jackson ran into trouble in the first, issuing a walk and a double with two outs, but he escaped when Eric Hinske popped foul. Aside from that walk, he’s been pretty efficient, although Jason Heyward sent on fly ball deep to left.
The Nationals have gone in order both innings, with three strikeouts against Mike Minor. Danny Espinosa struck out for the 19th time this spring against four walks in 58 at-bats. Adam LaRoche grounded to second in his first at-bat in a big league game since March 15.