The Washington Nationals picked up their first Grapefruit League win last night with a 6-4 decision over the New York Mets. Gio Gonzalez (1-0) threw two scoreless and hitless innings in his Spring debut. Gonzalez, Ross Ohlendorf, and Nathan Karns combined for nine strikeouts in the first 7 innings, scattering just two hits and allowing one run, charged to Ohlendorf. Karns, the fifth rated prospect in the Nats system, threw two scoreless innings and allowed just one hit.
Eury Perez continues to impress at the plate for the Nats, going 3 for 3 on the day with 2 runs scored and a stolen base. Perez is now 5 for 9 (.555) in three games. Steve Lombradozzi was 2 for 3 with two RBI as he continues in his battle to increase playing time at second base over Danny Espinosa. Lombo scored a run and drive in two runs. Will Rhymes was 2 for 2 at the plate. Tyler Moore, Adrian Sanchez, Destin Hood, and Carlos Rivera also drove in a run apiece. Overall, the Nationals battered Mets pitching for 6 runs on 17 hits.
The Nats improved to 1-1 with 1 tie in three games. Washington will face the Atlanta Braves today.
Nats are continuing to be pleased with the progress of Wilson Ramos as he continues his recovery from off-season ACL repair. Henry Rodriguez is nearing readiness for the Spring. Rodriguez is recovering from off-season elbow surgery. Pinch hitter Chad Tracy is scartched the next two games after taking a pitch off his arm.
Anthony Rendon is taking advantage of his time playing in the bigs.
More notes from Bill Ladson.
Former Nats' closer Chad Cordero is attempting a come with Anaheim.