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Photo by Jennifer Shiffman (@jtshiffman)

Photo by Jennifer Shiffman (@jtshiffman)

Three Nationals hit home runs, including prospects Anthony Rendon and Chris Marrero, as the Washington nine tripled up the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-2 yesterday afternoon.

The big fly was the first for Marrero and Ian Desmond, both solo shots smacked into the left-to-right wind that was officially listed at 9 m.p.h., but described as gusting by Jeff Bridges after three glasses of bourbon KMOX radio man Mike Shannon and beat reporters on Twitter.

Rendon’s two-run circle clout came in the Nats four-run second that put the game away early and gave Gio Gonzalez the “win” for his three innings of work, in which he gave up two runs on five hits and a walk but struck out none.

Nathan Karns made his second appearance for an inning as the first man out of the ‘pen, but against major-leaguers (as opposed to the Mets, natch) loaded the bases on a hit and two walks but stranded them after a visit to the mound by pitching coach Steve McCatty. No word on whether McCatty reminded him about the death of Babe Ruth and the efficacy putting the ball over the plate.

More encouraging, however, was the three innings by Ryan Perry that followed against the Cardinals reserves: three innings pitched, two hits allowed, seven of nine outs on the ground. Drew Storen and Erik Davis closed out the game with scoreless inning apiece, though Storen loaded the bases on two hits and a walk while Davis set ‘em down in order.

Rendon and Marrero both went 2-for-3 with two RBI as the starting corner infielders. Notable minor-leaguers coming off the bench…

…DH Sandy Leon pinch-hit and went 0-for-1
…SS Zach Walters went 0-for-1
…LF Carlos Rivero went 0-for-1
…1B Matt Skole drew a walk
…RF Destin Hood went 0-for-1 with a K
…3B Mike “Don’t Call Me George” Costanzo pinch-ran and went 0-for-1
…CF Michael Taylor went 0-for-1

After the game, CF Eury Perez was named as a replacement for Yankees OF Melky Mesa on the Dominican Republic’s entry in the World Baseball Classic. With LF Jimmy Van Ostrand also leaving to represent Team Canada, one has to wonder if CF Brian Goodwin will make an appearance soon despite previous stories noting that the Nats are (again) having him focus on small-ball skills.

The Nats and Cards rematch this afternoon at 1 p.m. in Viera before the first of three scheduled off days tomorrow.

  6 Responses to “Rendon, Marrero Go Deep In 6-2 Nats Win”

  1. You should have better inside information before commenting about karns and what thei issue was. i believe he faced wright davis byrd and the metsnumber one prospect!! I dont believe he gave up any runs!

    • “Natch” is short for “naturally,” and in this case, used sarcastically — the dig was against the Mets in general, not the specific batters.

      As for “inside information,” apparently you’ve never heard this nugget: A pitcher was making his first appearance in a Major League game. About 40,000 people watched as he took the mound. He wanted to be careful and not make any mistakes – and he was a little too careful, walking the first two batters. His manager came out to talk to him and gave him a sage piece of advice: “Babe Ruth’s dead, son; throw strikes.”

  2. Thanks for the sardonic humor! The Babe would like it too!

    Nobody has brought Ryan Perry’s name up much this spring. Appears from last year’s performance in the minors, he’s close to getting ready for The Bigs.

  3. The drunken cackling can be a bit much … :)

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