- The Washington Times - Friday, March 25, 2005

CARDINALS 5, NATIONALS 1

JUPITER, Fla.

Four consecutive third-inning singles off Washington starter Tomo Ohka gave St. Louis a two-run lead yesterday over the Nationals.

Ohka had been the Nationals’ most reliable starter this spring, allowing just one run in 11 innings before yesterday. Ohka surrendered two runs and six hits while walking five in four-plus innings against the Cardinals.

“He didn’t give up too many runs, which is good,” Nationals catcher Brian Schneider said. “When he had adversity in the face, he met it well and really pitched well out of some jams.”

The Nationals (10-9-1) scored their only run after Terrmel Sledge opened the sixth inning with a double to left. Sledge moved to third on Jamey Carroll’s grounder to second and scored on Jose Vidro’s sacrifice fly.

The Cardinals (12-8) added two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth inning. Cardinals starter Mark Mulder pitched five scoreless innings and allowed four hits. He walked two and struck out five.

THE BUZZ

Up — Stan the Man and friends

Stan Musial, Bob Gibson and Jim Palmer give game a Cooperstown presence.

Up — Viva, Vidro

Nationals second baseman plays in just his second spring road game.

Down — Noise pollution

Decibel level at Roger Dean Stadium is turned all the way up.

Up — Slammed the door

Nationals reliever Luis Ayala pitches out of a two-on, none-out jam in the fifth.

BY THE NUMBERS

10

Strikeouts combined for Cardinals pitchers Mark Mulder, Al Reyes, Bill Pulsipher, Mike Myers and Jason Isringhausen.

4

Players on the Nationals’ disabled list. Outfielder Alex Escobar was placed on the DL, joining infielder Henry Mateo and pitchers Claudio Vargas and Francis Beltran.

OVERHEARD

“Hitting, what hitting?”

— Nationals manager Frank Robinson on his team’s six-hit performance in yesterday’s loss.

NATIONALS’ SCHEDULE

TODAY: vs. Orioles in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

TOMORROW: vs. Dodgers in Viera, 7:05 p.m.

SUNDAY: vs. Mets in Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.

MONDAY: vs. Dodgers in Vero Beach, 7:05 p.m.

TUESDAY: vs. Mets in Viera, 7:05 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: vs. Braves in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

THURSDAY: vs. Marlins in Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.

HOW TO GET TO SPACE COAST STADIUM

From Orlando/North: Take Rte. 528 East (Bee Line Expressway) 25 miles to I-95 South. Exit I-95 South at Fiske Blvd. (Exit 195). Proceed south on Fiske Blvd./Stadium Parkway to the stadium. Approx. time: 45 minutes.

From Melbourne/South: Take I-95 North to Wickham Rd. (Exit 191) and turn left. Turn right on Lake Andrew Dr. and follow to the stadium. Approx. time: 20 minutes.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Light rain, 57 degrees.

Viera: Isolated thunderstorms, 83 degrees.

Mark Zuckerman and Ken Wright

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