April 21, 2021

Washington Nationals Spring Training: Nats tame Tigers 9-2

The Washington Nationals roughed up David Price for four runs in two innings and beat the Detroit Tigers 9-2 on Wednesday in Viera, Florida.

Jordan Zimmermann went 2 2/3 innings, throwing 33 of his 47 pitches for strikes. He gave up one earned run on two hits, did not walk a batter and struck out four.

In the first inning, Wilmer Difo led off with a double and took third on a wild pitch. After Ian Desmond struck out, Bryce Harper walked on four pitches. Ryan Zimmerman then ripped a double to left to plate Difo and move Harper up to third. Harper then scored on Wilson Ramos’ ground ball fielder’s choice.

Kevin Frandsen earned a one-out walk in the second inning, but was forced on Derrick Robinson’s ground ball. Robinson stole second and then scored on Difo’s triple to center field. Difo then walked home on Desmond’s double to left.

The Nats got two more in the fifth. Desmond walked and stole second. Harper singled, moving Desmond to third. Zimmerman delivered his second double of the day to score Desmond, and Tyler Moore’s sacrifice fly brought home Harper.

Drew Vettleson, over from the minor league side for the day, homered in the seventh inning off Rafael Dolis.

Prospect third baseman Matt Skole crushed a two-run homer in the eighth.


  • Difo was 2 for 3 with a double, triple and RBI out of the leadoff spot. Cutter Dykstra replaced him and went 1 for 1.
  • Nate McLouth made his first plate appearances of the spring testing out his surgically-repaired shoulder. He singled and struck out looking.
  • Drew Storen also made his first game appearance. He pitched one inning and allowed one run on two hits.
  • Craig Stammen, Blake Treinen and Rich Hill all pitched a solid inning of relief. Hill struck out the side in the seventh.
  • Skole is 4 for 9 this spring with five runs and four RBIs.
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 and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. 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

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