St. Louis got to Max Scherzer for three runs in the 3rd and that proved to be enough as Washington fell back to .500 with (another) 3-2 loss.
Scherzer, who was named Opening Day starter, gave up six hits and a walk over five and a 1/3rd innings while striking out two was charged with his second loss of the spring.
It was light afternoon for the watchlist players, with just two appearing in the game:
● Victor Robles subbed for Michael Taylor in CF and flew out to lead off the 8th
● Jake Noll followed Ryan Zimmerman at 1B and flew out to finish the 8th
Tonight, the Nationals play as the home team against their co-tenants in West Palm Beach. Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his third spring start opposite Justin Verlander. The game can be seen on MLB.tv and heard on MLB Audio. (Astros feed for both).