The Nationals tied the Astros 2-2, in both their second tie and their second extra-inning affair with Houston this week. Here are the finer points of tonight’s game:
—Scott Olsen gave up two runs on six hits with a pair of walks in four innings. Olsen said he was fairly happy with the start, however; it was the first time this spring he’s thrown all three of his pitches (fastball, changeup, slider) with any kind of balance. Asked how his progression compared to previous seasons, Olsen said, “It’s normal. Everybody’s got their own routine. I’m right on pace.”
—Brad Eldred hit another home run, his third of the spring and second against the Astros. This guy might have to get his own story sometime soon, but for now, here’s a little more info. He said he signed with the Nationals because he thought there might be some playing time at first base, and while the impact of Adam Dunn on the first base situation is still unknown, it’s conceivable Eldred could get a look if the Nationals decide on Dunn in the outfield or trade Nick Johnson. “With the type of game I bring, hopefully I fit somewhere,” Eldred said.
—Six scoreless innings for the bullpen tonight, which had to be an encouraging sign given how the group has pitched this spring.
That’s all from here. I’m heading back to the hotel, hoping my iPod will help get the Macarena out of my head. Can’t believe they still play that song—or that there are nine-year-old kids who know the dance. Yikes.
Talk to you tomorrow from Port St. Lucie.