October 31, 2014

Washington Nationals Spring Training: There’s no tying in baseball (except Spring Training)

After a 1:06 rain delay and an extra inning, the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins decided on Sunday they’d seen enough Spring Training baseball and called the game, ending with a 2-2 tie at the Nats spring home of Space Coast Stadium in Viera, FL.

The Nats benefitted from a two-run home run by top prospect Anthony Rendon in the fifth inning, with designated hitter Steve Lombardozzi aboard via a double.

Jordan Zimmermann started for the Nats and threw 43 pitches — 26 for strikes — in three innings. He allowed a run on two hits and a walk, striking out one. Other Nats pitchers included Zach Duke (1.0 IP, 1 K), Yuniesky Maya (3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K), Jeremy Accardo (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB), Drew Storen (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) and Tanner Roark (1.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 K).

The run against Zimmermann came in the top of the third. Chris Valaika doubled to right and Bryan Petersen followed with a walk. After a sacrifice bunt by Chone Figgins, Valaika scored on a ground out by Chris Coghlan.

The Marlins tied it up in the ninth off Storen. Storen allowed base hits to Marlins top prospect Christian Yelich and Kyle Jensen to start the inning, and Yelich came home on a Jake Jefferies ground out. Storen escaped further damage and was not concerned about allowing a run in a meaningless spring training game in February.

Bryce Harper went 2-for-2 in the three-hole with two singles.

The Nats face the Mets Monday evening at 6:00 pm from Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie. Lefty Gio Gonzalez is scheduled to make his spring training debut for the Nats, one of three he’ll make for the team before leaving to support Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

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

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