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.