The pitcher turned position player is having a pretty decent spring for the Washington Nationals. For the first six years of his major league career, Micah Owings was a starting pitcher. He was a starting pitcher who always possessed a good bat. In 205 at bats in his career, Owings has contributed 14 doubles, 2 triples, and 9 home runs.
Owings brought that power to the Nats yesterday, blasting a grand slam home run to lift the Nationals to a 6-3 win over the Astros. Owings hit the slam while pinch hitting for Bryce Harper. For the spring, Owings is batting .368, collecting 7 hits in 19 at bats, including 3 doubles and 2 home runs. Overall, the Nats offense collected 13 hits off the Astros.
Jayson Werth hit his first home run of the spring and Ryan Zimmerman collected two more hits to push his spring batting average to an impressive .500 (11 for 22). Werth was also 2 for 3 on the day. Steve Lombardozzi had two hits as well.
Chris Young made the start on the mound and threw 4 innings and allowed 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2. Zach Duke, the only apparent lefty option in the pen, through 2 scoreless innings. Tyler Clippard threw a scoreless ninth and picked up the save. Rafael Soriano allowed his first run of spring, throwing 1 inning and allowing 2 runs on 2 hits.
Current Spring Leaders:
Doubles: Anthony Rendon, Carlos Rivera, 4
Triples: Bryce Harper, Corey Brown, 1
Homers: Anthony Rendon, 4
Runs: Anthony Rendon, Bryce Harper, Chirs Marrero, 7
RBI: Anthony Rendon, 11
SB: Will Rhymes, 3
Avg: Ryan Zimmerman, .500, Bryce Harper, .436
Slg: Anthony Rendon, .875
Wins: Fernando Abad, Gio Gonzalez, 2
Innings: Stephen Strasburg, 14
Strike Outs: Stephen Strasburg, 18
ERA: Zack Duke, 2.25
Games: Cole Kimball, 7