END 9: The Nationals topped the Mets, 8-5, behind an improved Jordan Zimmermann and red hot-hitting Bryce Harper. In the other game, the Nationals beat Houston, 9-7, with a 4 for 5 day from Anthony Rendon, who hit his fourth homer of the spring.
END 7: The Nationals take a three-run lead with a four-run seventh inning. Danny Espinosa stroked a clean single to right field from the left side of the plate. Tyler Moore drove in a run, and Bryce Harper drove in another. A fielding error by Lucas Duda allowed Moore to score. Ryan Zimmerman, who has shown no ill effects of offseason surgery at the plate, knocked in Harper. The Nationals lead, 7-4.
MID 5: Jordan Zimmermann looked stronger and more controlled than his “dead arm” start. He struck out six over 4 2/3 innings, getting the hook when he walked Ike Davis with two outs in the inning. Craig Stammen on in relief and allowed a single to tie the score before ending the inning. Tie game, 3-3.
Update from Kissimmee vs. Houston: tied, 4-4. Ross Ohlendorf’s final line: 3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (60 pitches, 33 strikes).
MID 2: Jordan Zimmermann throws a quick 1-2-3 inning, looking sharp again. Bryce Harper, by the way, destroyed a ball to right for a three-run homer after walks by Denard Span and Jayson Werth. Harper is slugging .848 this spring. Nationals lead, 3-2.
MID 1: It’s hard to tell without a radar gun and a better vantage point of the plate, but Jordan Zimmermann’s command looks somewhat better after his “dead arm” start. He got two quick outs, then allowed a solid single and another runner reached on a hard-hit ball at Chad Tracy. Adam LaRoche made a RARE gaffe at first base, a ball through the legs that plated two. Mets up, 2-0.
PREGAME: Players, players everywhere. But the regulars stayed in Viera to face the Mets and their young pitching stud, Matt Harvey. The lineups are here, and we’re updating you from Space Coast Stadium. The Mets lineup:
1. Collin Cowgill, CF
2. Justin Turner, 3B
3. Ike Davis, 1B
4. Marlon Byrd, RF
5. Lucas Duda, LF
6. Travis d’Arnaud, C
7. Omar Quintanilla, SS
8. Brian Bixler, 2B
9. Matt Harvey, SP