The Tigers clawed the Nats pitchers for four in the 3rd and five in the 4th en route to a 12-6 win, the fourth straight defeat for the DC nine.
Taylor Jordan worked around a single in the first and a double in the second but couldn’t escape the, um, teeth of the Detroit lineup the second time through in the 3rd as they bit him for four runs on five hits. It was the third consecutive outing in which Jordan had been scored upon. He walked none and struck out two.
After Tyler Moore answered with a two-run homer in the the top of the 4th, the Tigers picked up where they left off against Luis Ayala, who couldn’t finish the inning, charged with five runs on six hits with no walks and no strikeouts. Journeyman Zach Jackson let in one of two inherited runners to finish the frame.
Blake Treinen was the fourth pitcher out of the ‘pen to start the 6th. He was knocked for a double and two singles but only gave up one run, thanks to Sandy Leon gunning down a runner and a pickoff of his own. He pitched a scoreless 7th to finish with one run allowed on four hits with no walks and no K’s over two innings.
Thanks to the custom of regulars skipping road games, Jeff Kobernus (1-for-3, K) and Zach Walters (2-for-3, R) got the start in LF and SS respectively. As we edge towards the Ides of March, here’s a look at how the rest of the notable minor-leaguers did today:
• Brian Goodwin replaced Denard Span in CF and went 0-for-1
• Steve Souza followed Nate McLouth in RF and struck out in his AB
• Sandy Leon subbed for Jose Lobaton behind the plate and was 0-for-1 at the plate and 1-for-2 gunning down Tigers trying to steal
• Eury Perez took over LF from Kobernus and was 0-for-1
The Nats remain on the road to visit the split-squad Marlins in Jupiter tomorrow afternoon. Stephen Strasbug is scheduled to start. Si puedes leer esto oración, entonces usted entenderá emisora de radio de Miami