Nats pounded the fish….WSH record this spring is 7-3…..some stuff of note:
-Danny Espinosa is really, really not coming back to Syracuse. The Nats sprinted to a 3-0 lead. All three of ‘em came off Espinosa’s bat. In the third, he roped a double to left off of Javier Vazquez to score Alberto Gonzalez. In the fifth, he switched to the right side against lefty Mike Dunn and blasted a two-run homer on the first pitch he saw. In his three-year career, Espinosa’s power has shone through from both sides of the plate. He has hit a homer every 25.21 at-bats against righties and one every 24.03 at-bats against lefties. Oh, and his third at-bat got him an RBI single, too.
-Michael Morse is wrestling a job from someone. He was 2-for-3 today with a double and a walk. He made a shoestring catch on a sagging Dewayne Wise liner in the first. He’s now 10-for-23 this spring. It’s the equivalent of Butler losing in the Horizon title game. Someone’s likely losing a spot.
-Todd Coffey struck out the side swinging in the fifth. Speaks for itself. That’s four innings of one-hit ball this spring for him.
-The Nats bullpen…and, thus, the Chiefs bullpen. After Coffey, Craig Stammen (celebrating his 27th birthday) wiped six straight guys out. Doug Slaten gave up back-to-back homers in the eighth…then Tim Wood scuffled in the ninth. But, when the “game” was “on the line”, the ‘pen was good.
Two games tomorrow….1:05 against the Mets and 7:05 at the Astros. We’ll be at both.