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Thursday, March 10, 2005

Nationals' March 10 game vs Indians

All right, I have a little time this afternoon so let's take a look at the Nationals split-squad game this afternoon, which they lost to the Cleveland Indians 3-1.
FYI: The other half of the Nationals also lost to Florida 5-3.
The outfield battle continues to heat up J.J. Davis and Carlton (Tyrell) Godwin having excellent games. Both outfield hopefuls went 2 for 3 and Davis drove in the Nationals only run. Endy Chavez took another 0-fer.
Young infielder Ian Desmond, who has dazzled people with his defensive prowess, had a tough day at the dish going 0 for 3 with three strikeouts. He also made an error at shortstop.
On the mound, everything went smoothly for the Nationals until the wheels fell off in the eighth inning for Dan Smith, who lost the game after allowing three runs on three hits. An error also figured into the equation.
Tomo Ohka pitched three shutout innings and Jon Rauch followed up with two. Chad Cordero and Joe Horgan each pitched a successful inning of work as well.
So far the pitching looks really good for the Nationals, but six hits is not going to get it done on most nights.


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