St. Louis scored five runs over the first five innings and held on for a 5-3 win yesterday afternoon in West Palm Beach
Patrick Corbin picked up where he left off last summer and gave up back-to-back two-out HRs to put the Nats in a 2-0 hole before their first “ups.” He then gave up a leadoff single in the 2nd and was lifted with two out after apparently hitting his pitch count.
Matt Adams doubled to lead off the bottom of the fifth and lumbered home after back-to-back singles by Victor Robles and Jeter Downs to break up the shutout bid.
In the 6th, Derek Hill’s one-out single pushed across the second Nat run while Stone Garrett’s sac fly completed the scoring for the afternoon.
The Nats got the tying runs into scoring position with two out on a Jake Alu single, a wild pitch, and an Ildemaro Vargas single before Drew Millas struck to end the 7th.
Downs was the sole watchlister in the starting lineup, as he manned 2B and went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a stolen base.
Here’s how the rest of the watchlisters and notable minor-leaguers fared coming off the bench:
- Jeremy De La Rosa followed Cory Dickerson in LF but was 0-for-2
- Alu subbed for Downs and went 1-for-2
- Armando Cruz pinch-ran for Vargas in the 9th
- Millas was the second backstop and was 0-for-1 at the plate and throwing out basestealers
- Yasel Antuna pinch-walked for Adams in the 6th and tripled in the 8th
The Nats visit the Yankees this afternoon in Tampa. Cory Abbott is expected to start for Washington, opposed by Domingo Germán. The game will be televised on ESPN but you cannot put it on mute and try to sync the radio feed.