Mar 022011

Yunesky Maya, one of several candidates for the back end of the Washington Nationals rotation, made his case with two scoreless innings as the Washington Nationals doubled up the Florida Marlins, 8-4.

Maya struck out three and allowed two hits, featuring his curveball and throwing 23 pitches, 16 for strikes. He also started a 1-6-3 double play in his second inning of work (the fifth) and was credited with a hold.

Offensively, the Nationals were paced by another four-run outburst, this time in the second inning and highlighted by a three-run blast by Roger Bernadina.

No prospects got the start, as projected bench player Jerry Hairston Jr. manned 2B instead of  Danny Espinosa and non-roster invitee Michael Aubrey took 1B as Adam LaRoche once again was the DH.

Other notable prospects…

  • Bryce Harper drew a walk and scored a run while pinch-hitting for Laynce Nix in his first at-bat and flew out to deep LCF in his second at-bat.
  • Wilson Ramos followed Jesus Flores as the team’s backstop and went 0-for-1. No baserunners attempt to steal against him.
  • Atahualpa Severino threw a 1-2-3 seventh inning and finished the inning with a caught-looking strikeout.

Tomorrow, a split-squad team travels to Jupiter, Florida to visit the St. Louis Cardinals.

  8 Responses to “Maya Tosses Two Scoreless Innings”

  1. So good to see Maya having success. Also Harper drew a walk. I though he would be preoccupied with getting HR’s.

  2. I’m unhappy with this incomplete coverage. There was not one mention of how many times Harper adjusted the bill of his cap. 🙂

  3. BA has cojme out with its recap of International signings. For total spent, we rank 26th with $853k spent. Surprisingly, ahead of LAA, LAD (divorce repercussion?), SF and ChiSox.

    Mariners ($6.27m), NYY ($5.27m), Houston(!!) ($5.13m) and Pittsburgh(!!!) ($5.0m) the top 4

    link below

    • Waiting for them to review the N.L. East to cover this angle… and perhaps get a little more info on the signees. Overall, they said the 2010 crop was mediocre, so that the Nationals didn’t spend much (clearly, they’re assigning Maya to the previous year) isn’t as bad as it might be otherwise.

    • I’m not concerned about the amount spent specifically. At this point, it’s stop the bleeding and show us that you’ve identified a couple of guys with potential. They are specifically targeting two names that they say represent positive young prospects on the team in Kilgore’s article. More on the total number, I’m interested to see what they get out of those two specific guys.

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