Nats Split Spring Training Doubleheader

Split Doubleheader
The hometown fans left the park happy today, as the Nats doubled up the Marlins, 4-2 in Viera while the Braves followed the Disney fun mandate with a 5-2 triumph in Orlando.

At Space Coast, the Nats scored all four in the 3rd inning as Wilson Ramos plated two with a one-out single, then Dan Uggla homered to erase an early 1-0 deficit. Jordan Zimmermann went five innings total in his fourth spring start, scattering eight hits while walking none and fanning four.

The Marlins got their final run in the 9th off Rafael Martin, who issued a one-out walk and gave up a two-out double, but was credited with the save.

At Champion Stadium, a 2-0 lead vanished when journeyman reliever Evan Meek allowed the first five runners to reach base in the 4th and three of them came around to score. Taylor Jordan got the start and allowed just a hit and a walk over three innings.

Michael Taylor got the start in CF for the visiting Nats and went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Here’s a rundown of how the notable minor-leaguers fared in Viera:

  • Kevin Keyes subbed for Bryce Harper in RF and was 0-for-1 with a strikeout.
  • Shawn Pleffner followed Ryan Zimmerman at 1B and struck out in his lone at-bat.
  • Chris Bostick took over at 2B from Uggla and singled in the 8th inning.
  • John Wooten subbed for Danny Espinosa at 3B and was 0-for-1.
  • Cutter Dykstra grounded out to first as a pinch-hitter.

And in Orlando:

  • Rafael Bautista followed Taylor in CF and went 0-for-1 with a whiff.
  • Matt Skole was 0-for-1 in relief of Mike Carp at 1B.
  • Tony Renda went 0-for-1 as the sub for 2B Kevin Frandsen.
  • Sandy Leon was 0-for-1 as the replacement for C Jose Lobaton.
  • Drew Vettleson drew a walk as the second RF, following Clint Robinson.

The Nats make their second trip to Lakeland to visit the Tigers, with A.J. Cole getting the start in place of Stephen Strasburg. The game can be heard locally on 1580AM.

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In the latest transaction report from Baseball America, we learned that RHPs Richie Mirowski and Melvi Salazar joined Jeff Kobernus on the list of released players over the past few days. Mirowski was a 45th Rd. pick in 2011 and came into the 2014 season with much promise after a strong AFL campaign in the fall of 2013, but struggled in his second go ’round in AA, posting a 6.23 ERA in 10 appearances before dropping down to Potomac. Salazar, who turned 20 in December, hit the wall in the GCL with 25 baserunners allowed in 15⅓ innings. In 2013, he had been 4-0 with 13 saves and a 0.98 ERA in his second DSL season.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

5 thoughts on “Nats Split Spring Training Doubleheader”

  1. That’s a WOW on Mirowski. He must have some kind of injury that the F.O didn’t think would get better.
    His numbers were fabulous in 2011,2012, and 2013, to the point where he was going to be another of those feelgood stories. I mean, a 45th round pick, what are your chances?
    Wish him luck.

  2. I’m not so sure it was not a numbers game with Mirowski. He was hurt when he started poorly in AA, where he had fared well in 2013. He showed good numbers at least when he resurfaced last year in Potomac. But both the Potomac and Harrisburg staffs this year are stacked in the bullpen, so he may well have been boxed out. I suspect we will see the system shake out other former flashes as well, given the depth in pitching at higher levels this year. A welcome contrast to the injury depletions of 2014, and hopefully it will stay that way.

  3. Gil Grissom, you seconded the stacked bullpens
    In a plus and AA.
    Funny how the Danny Espinosa career mirrors A
    Sanchez in the fact that a promising switch hitting
    I fieider devalues giving up lefty hitting .
    Is it true that Brian Goodwin is injured – alas- yet again
    This spring ??

  4. Tie goes to gwynn over Taylor, right? Maximize development and assets. Taylor needs abs and gwynn becomes a tradable asset once the other outfielders get healthy. Toss in the positive storyline of the son of Strasbourg’s former college coach making the roster and my money is on Taylor to Syracuse.

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