With the regular season just around the corner, the Washington Nationals' stars are beginning to perform like it’s the real deal.
Stephen Strasburg pitched his final spring training tune up, and though there were some hiccups, he did a solid job overall. Strasburg sailed threw the New York Mets' order with relative ease during the first two innings, but ran into some trouble in the third. Tras d’Arnaud led off and lifted a fly ball to left field that was carried by the wind over the wall for a home run. After striking out the next batter, Strasburg walked Ruben Tejada. He then gave up a triple to Eric Young, who was singled home by David Wright to give the Mets a 3-0 lead in the middle of the third inning. The lead would not last long, however.
In the bottom of the third, the Nationals' bats came alive. First Denard Span and Anthony Rendon singled. Then, after a Jayson Werth walk, Ryan Zimmerman singled to score Span and Rendon. Bryce Harper then cleared the bases with a homer, making the score Nationals 5, Mets 3.
The Nats scored another run on in the bottom of the fifth on a single by Jose Lobaton, and Zimmerman put the icing on the cake with a homer in the eighth off of Mets closer Bobby Parnell, sealing the Nationals 7-3 victory. Zimmerman finished the game 2-4 with three RBIs and a walk.
Overall, the Nationals looked like a team that is ready for the season today. The top of their lineup: Span (CF), Rendon (2B), Werth (RF), Zimmerman (3B), and Harper (LF), could very well be their opening day order and it showed with Zimmerman and Harper driving in six of the team's seven runs.
-Strasberg gave up five hits and three earned runs over five and two-third innings. He looked solid, however, and struck out seven batters. Strasburg will open the regular season against this Mets team.