Exhibition games are in full swing now with the Nats joining the fray yesterday with a split-squad twinbill. As far as winning and losing goes, they didn’t fare well dropping a 15-5 decision to Houston and falling 10-4 to Florida.
Former Sens were all over the place in the games as many of the vie for spots on the Nats. Garrett Mock went the first two innings against Houston allowing just three hits but more importantly, working ahead of the hitters. In the same game, Drew Storen was outstanding throwing seven strikes in eight pitches and retiring the Astros in order. Offensively Roger Bernadina and Josh Whitesell both had nice games as Bernadina went 1 x 2 and scored two runs while Whitesell was 2 x 2. Former Sens Seth Bynum, Leonard Davis, Michael Daniel, and Jonathan Solano all appeared in the loss.
In the other game of the split-squad, former Senator Collin Balester pitched two innings and allowed a run and a hit. Luis Atilano had a tough first outing getting roughed up for five hits and four runs in one inning of work. Ian Desmond started the spring the way he ended the season in Washington, showing the Nats what he’s capable of by going 2 x 3 with a stolen base and playing shortstop and right field. Many former and future Sens appeared in this game as well.
Even though the results of the two games are a bummer, it’s nice to have baseball to talk about instead of snow.
The minor leaguers not already in camp report today and tomorrow and begin working out on Monday. The first minor league spring training game is still a couple of weeks away. I’d love to tell you I’ll keep you posted on those, but spring training box scores are pretty hard to come by, that’s for sure.
Construction Update: Things seem to be moving along quite well. I’m heading up into the construction zone later this afternoon and will have more to report then. The brackets for the seats are being installed in the upper bowl as we “speak” and the finishing touches on connecting the boardwalk are taking place too.
On a related note, we estimate that over 1000′ of the ballpark is connected by boardwalk now! Wow!