Andrew Stevenson’s two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the 8th was the difference as the Nats beat the Mets, 6-4 Thursday afternoon.
Stephen Strasburg made his second spring start and tossed four scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out five. Matt Grace blew a 4-1 lead in the 6th as he gave up three runs on a walk and five hits while getting the last out in the 6th and the first two outs in the 7th.
The win went to Kyle Barraclough for a scoreless 8th while Henderson Alvarez wobbled through the 9th with a hit and two walks but didn’t let any of ’em in to earn the save.
Four watchlist players appeared in the game:
● Jake Noll took over 1B from Ryan Zimmerman in the 5th and went 0-for-2.
● Jose Marmolejos shifted Noll over to 3rd in the 6th and went 0-for-1 with a BB and a K.
● Luis Garcia pinch-ran and scored for 2B Brian Dozier; he singled and scored again in the 8th.
● Telmito Agustin assumed LF duties from Juan Soto and flew out in the 8th.
Patrick Corbin is scheduled for his third spring start this afternoon in Jupiter as the Nats visit the Cards. Like yesterday, the game will not be broadcast on TV or radio.