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Nats @ Marlins postgame

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.  

Nats @ Mets postgame notes

After leading since the second inning, he Nats saw the Mets come back to tie Tuesday’s game at three in the eighth on a home run off the bat of Cory Vaughn, the son of former Brewer (among other allegiances) Greg Vaughn.  But, the Nats grabbed the win on an RBI double in the tenth from Laynce Nix against former Durham Bull Dale Thayer (not to be confused with former Colorado State head coach Dale Layer).  Some thoughts about the game:

-Brian Bixler’s power.  With the Nats up 2-1 in the seventh, Bixler smashed a 2-1 pitch from Jason Isringhausen over the left field wall.  It was Bixler’s second career Spring Training home run and his first since 2007.  After the game, Bixler told me the first one came off of former Braves pitcher Oscar Villareal.  Bixler, who spent his offseason in his home state of Ohio, is now 6-for-10 this spring.
-Rule (V) of thumb.  Right-hander Brian Broderick relieved Jordan Zimmermann in the fourth and threw two clean frames.  The, in the sixth, he coerced a Willie Harris groundout and struck David Wright out looking.   Then, Daniel Murphy doubled to left.  Nick Evans followed and swatted a single to left.  Michael Morse’s one-hope throw was on target, but Derek Norris couldn’t tag Murphy and hold the ball.  Moral of the story:  Broderick’s line was good but could have been great.  That run’s the only one he’s coughed up this spring in three outings.  Poached from the Cardinals this offseason in the Rule V Draft, Broderick won 11 AA games last year asa starter.  He attacked hitters all day today.
-Michael Morse loves New York.  Morse has three homers this spring, all against the Mets.  His second-inning bomb prompted one Mets staffer in the press box to exclaim, “This guy kills us.”  Here’s hoping Morse stays healthy and does what he’s wanted to do for a long time:  be an everyday starter in the majors.
-I can be centerfield.  Nyjer Morgan DH’d today, but stole a couple of bags, bunted on and walked  twice.  Rick Ankiel, starting in center, flagged a couple of high-difficulty balls down.  Roger Bernadina played very well yesterday.  An above-average AAA center fielder will start for the Chiefs April 7 Opening Day in Buffalo.
Check out the Inside Pitch podcast for a chat with Josh Wilkie who is a major-league-camp invitee for the first time in his career.  And follow us on Twitter @ChiefsRadio for live updates from spring training.
To Jupiter in the AM for the Nats and Marlins.  Insert planetary joke here.
Jason
 
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