End, 10:17 : Roger Bernadina struck out to end it. 5-2, Mets. Nats are 10-7.
Bot 8, 10:03: The big news for this game became the injury to Danny Espinosa , detailed in the above post. For now, the score is 5-2, Mets. Brian Broderick faced the minimum in the eighth, issuing a rare walk before inducing a double play and another grounder to get out of the inning.
Bot 6, 9:08: Stammen is working his way out of the sixth. Tom Gorzelanny is going to meet with the scribes, so the updates will go dark for a few.
Bot 6, 9:03: Make that four straight hits off Stammen after a two-RBI double by Ike Davis. It’s 4-1 Mets.
Bot 6, 9:01: The Mets are beating around Craig Stammen a little bit. They’ve scored a run on three straight singles by Pagan, Wright and Bay. Desmond made a diving stop to this right on Bay’s ball, then wisely chose not to throw it. It’s 2-1, Mets.
Mid 6, 8:51: Olvier Perez replaced Young with one out, drawing boos from the Digital Domain Park crowd. LaRoche promptly drew a walk off Perez, which isn’t the hardest thing to do. The Nats couldn’t do anything with the runner. Nix struck out looking. Ankiel ripped a grounder to first hard enough that it ricocheted off Davis’s glove, but Davis recovered in time to get the out. Still 1-1.
End 5, 8:40: Craig Stammen posted a 1-2-3 inning despite a deep drive to center by Reyes, which was caught by Ankiel. LaRoche made an awesome scoop for the first out; don’t think Adam Dunn would have had that one. Mid 5, 8:35: Chris Young is starting to stifle the Nats, having retired 10 of his last 12. Pinch-hitter Matt Stairs grounded to second, Bernadina popped to the catcher and Ian Desmond grounded to Wright, who made a great play.
Craig Stammen is the new pitcher Gorzelanny’s line: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 65 pitches, 36 strikes.
End 4, 8:28: Gorzelanny yielded another walk, to Willie Harris, before escaping the fourth when Thole popped up to shallow center. Gorzelanny is probably finished. The two walks in his final inning were a blemish, but he looked good for most of the night.
Bot 4, 8:22: Gorzelanny had a few control problems, walking David Wright with one out despite him swinging at one pitch well high and outside. He settled down after a visit from Flores and struck out Bay looking at a pitch on the outside corner. Wright then stole second on Flores, who made an accurate throw that didn’t look all that strong. Close play, though. Ike Davis singled to center and Ankiel made a teriffic throw home, but Flores could not handle the short hop before Wright slid in safe. It’s 1-1.
Mid 4, 8:12: Quick fourth for the Nats. Jesus Flores ripped a double to the left-field corner after a strikeout by Ankiel. Espinosa hit a laser, but right at Castillo. He flipped to Desmond covering second to double off Flores and end the inning.
End 3, 8:06: This is a totally different Tom Gorzelanny than the one we saw a few days ago. He issued a leadoff walk to Josh Thole, but settled down and got the next three batters out — Chris Young sac bunted, Jose Reyes struck out swinging and Castillo popped to first. In three innings, Gorzelanny has three Ks, one walk, one hit and just one ball out of the infield, Wright’s double.
Mid 3, 7:54: The Nats went quietly in the third. Desmond and Hairston both popped up to the infield. LaRoche walked, and then Nix flied to left. 1-0, Nats.
End 2, 7:48: Another strong inning for Gorzelanny, who threw just 12 pitches, 10 of them strikes, in the second. He gave up a leadoff double to David Wright, but pitched around it with two groundball outs and a swinging strikeout of Ike Davis.
Also, as noted in the above blog post, Morse is feeling under the weather.
Mid 2, 7:40: Tom Gorzelanny and Roger Bernadina both grounded to first to end the rally. It’s 1-0.
Oh, forgot to mention: Chris Young is starting for the Mets.
Top 2, 7:36: The Nats took a 1-0 lead when Adam LaRoche scored on a squibbed infield single by Rick Ankiel.LaRoche led off with a double to right-center and moved to third ona fly ball to center by Ian Desmond. Good, aggressive running by LaRoche. The bases are loaded now for Tom Gorzelanny after a HBP (Jesus Flores) and a single by Danny Espinosa.
End 1, 7:28: Really smooth first inning for Tom Gorzelanny. Got ahead in the count, stayed in the strike zone. He threw 14 pitches, eight strikes. Joses Reyes grounded to second, Luis Castillo struck out swinging and Angel Pagan chopped to short, where Ian Desmond made a slick play. He stayed back, played himself into a good, high hop and made a quick, strong throw to LaRoche. A bullet of a throw. 0-0.
Mid 1, 7:22: Three up, three down for the Nats. Roger Bernadina popped to second. Ian Desmond flied to center. Jerry Hairston grounded to the shortstop-third base hole, but Jose Reyes made a nice stop and a great throw.
Michael Morse was to start in left, but Laynce Nix is actually there. Not sure what’s happening there
Pre, 6:50: The Nationals are about to start against the Mets in Tom Gorzelanny’s second start of the spring. Old friend Willie Harris in the outfield for the Mets. The state of this new software is still a little sketchy, so please excuse any resulting delays. As far as I know, the game’s not on TV anywhere. Anyone know any different?