September 20, 2014

Washington Nationals blank Astros; Bryce Harper out with calf strain

The Washington Nationals received strong pre-season pitching, shutting out the Houston Astros on three hits and no walks striking out in total, in an 8-0 Grapefruit League win.

Edwin Jackson, Ross Detwiler, Ryan Perry and Henry Rodriguez combined for the shut out.

Jackson (3 IP, 2 hits 3 Ks) and Detwiler (3 IP, no hits, 3 Ks) both were dominant against a Houston squad that didn’t bring many of their starting players.

Ryan Zimmerman hit a wind-aided home run in the first inning off former Nats Livan Hernandez. Zimmerman finished with two hits and two RBIs. Mark Teahen added two ribbies and Eury Perez went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI.

Perez was in the lineup as a late-minute replacement for RF Bryce Harper, who missed the game with a strained calf muscle. The 19-year old outfielder told reporters he woke up with discomfort in the calf, tried to stretch it out, and he and the team decided to give it a day or two, saying it would be better to miss a game or two in spring training rather than let it linger and disrupt the regular season.

The Nationals host the Florida Marlins Friday night at 7:00 pm.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

Comments

  1. I’m really excited about our pitching staff so far and can’t wait to see them facing some legit lineups as the spring progresses. I don’t want to see Harper get hurt. What’s your opinion on him making the opening day roster so far? I know there’s a long way to before anything is decided, but so far I think he’s done really well except his base running blunder the other day.

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