Monday, March 5, 2012

Nationals Sunday Review

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This past Friday the Washington Nationals began their Spring Training schedule. For their first three games, they played the Georgetown Hoyas and the Houston Astros.

Friday the Nationals stayed in Viera to take on the Georgetown Hoyas baseball team. This was a chance for young prospects to catch Davey Johnson Co's eye.

The star of the show for the Nationals was starting pitcher Matt Purke. Purke, who was scheduled to throw 42 pitches, only needed 32 to get him through three scoreless innings. He struck out three batters and only gave up one hit in the effort.

Bryce Harper was 0-2 on the day with a walk. Anthony Rendon was also 0-2 and struck out with the bases loaded to end the first inning.

The Nats did defeat the Hoyas by a score of 3-0.

The Nationals officially began their Spring Training schedule in Kissimmee against the Houston Astros. Bryce Harper was scheduled for his very first start.

In the first inning, Harper got his first chance at a big league hitter. He stepped to the plate against former National Livan Hernandez hit a single.

The next two times Harper came to the plate he grounded out and finished 1-3.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Astros Chris Johnson took Ross Detwiler deep for a two-run shot. The Nationals answered in the fifth when Roger Bernadina and Jesus Flores both doubled to score the Nationals only run.

Ross Detwiler would get credited with the 3-1 loss.

Sunday the Nationals returned to Viera to take on the Astros for the second straight day. Stephen Strasburg would get his first start on the mound for the Nationals this spring.

After going two innings without giving up a run and striking out three, he gave up two runs in the third inning.

Davey Johnson then made the move to the bullpen and brought in veteran Tom Gorzelanny. Gorzelanny gave up 7 runs in one inning of work including a three-run homer to Fernando Martinez.

Bryce Harper went 1-2 in his second start this spring.

The Astros would sweep the two game series by winning this game by a score of 10-2.

The Nationals are 0-2 this spring. It is early and there really is no point in panicking two games into Spring Training.