End, 4:07: The Nats lose, 6-4, snapping a five-game losing streak. Alberto Gonzalez, who is squarely on the trading block, roped a n RBI double to left-center.
Top 9, 3:54: I was down talking to Detwiler for a while. The Nats are down 6-3, with Chad Gaudin having pitched a scoreless inning. Drew Storen on now. ... And he pitched a scorelss inning, too, allowing a double but nothing else.
Top 7, 3:09: Brian Broderick’s near-perfect season came to a crashing thud. He gave up four runs in the seventh without recording an out, allowing three singles and a three-run triple to Chris Coghlan. Ryan Zimmerman made an error on a bunt, getting a little too agressive in trying to record an out at third base. In the process, he bobbled the ball as he spun. Nats down, 5-3.
End 6, 2:54: The Nats took a 3-1 lead after Danny Espinosa scored a run basically by himself. He singled to right, stole second and third and then scored on a wild pitch. Broderick stays in the game.
Bot 6, 2:52: Michael Morse blasted his league-leading ninth home run over the center field fence, his fourth bomb in four games. He entered the game with a 1.217 OPS, built mainly on an .803 slugging percentage, and that’s only going up today.
Mid 6, 2:43: Brian Broderick continues to mow down batters. He ripped through another 1-2-3 inning, lowering his spring ERA to 0.61. He’s pretty much cinched his spot on the Nats.
Ross Detwiler had a nice last outing, too. His line: 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 2 K. He’ll probably be the first starter the Nats cull from Syracuse when there’s a need.
End 5, 2:38: The Nats went scoreless. Jayson Werth singled to center with a line drive, and with two outs he swiped second base, his first steal of the spring. The throw from the catcher nailed him inthe back as he slid in and he seemed a little shaken up, but he stayed in. He was stranded when Rick Ankiel flailed at a curveball.
Mid 5, 2:26: Kind of a slow game here today. The Marlins have alredy made a mid-inning pitching change. Like the Nats, they’re playing possum a little bit with their pitching, not wanting to give a division rival anything to look at this late in spring. It’s still 1-1, with Detwiler haiving allowed five hits.
End 3, 2:02: Ryan Zimmerman singled, and Rick Ankiel lined out to end the inning. It looks Mike Rizzo is talking to Charlie and Dave right now. Get to a radio if that inteview interests you.
Bot 3, 1:59: The Nationals got on the board. Ian Desmond ripped a triple to right-center with one out, and Jayson Werth followed with a sac fly to left. It’s 1-1.
Top 3, 1:50: The Marlins took a 1-0 lead on an RBI double by Greg Dobbs. The Nats have two walks, but no hits off Aldalberto Mendez.
End 2, 1:39: Detwiler got out of the second unscathed after he allowed singles to Wes Helms and Scott Cousins. Michael Morse led off the bottom half with a walk, but he was caught stealing on what could have been a hit-and-run with Wilson Ramos, who ultimately struck out. Danny Espinosa walked, and Alex Cora grounded out.
End 1, 1:18: Ross Detwiler, filling the place of John Lanan for a day, started strong in his final spring outing. He struck out Chris Coghlan and got a 4-6-3 double play ball out of Greg Dobbs to end the inning.