- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Marlins 2, Nationals 1

Nationals 10, Marlins 3

VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals couldn’t have asked for better pitching — starter Livan Hernandez was fantastic in five innings — but the hitting was another issue. Hernandez gave up four hits in five shutout innings, but the Nationals mustered only seven hits off five Marlins pitchers. Outfielder Marlon Byrd’s sixth-inning home run to left field was the only scoring for the split-squad Nationals.

Meanwhile, in the other split-squad game in Jupiter, offense wasn’t a problem as the Nationals won their first road game of spring training. Outfielders George Lombard and Frank Diaz each homered in the Nationals’ win. Left-handed starter Billy Traber allowed one run in five innings and struck out three. Diaz went 3-for-4 with three RBI to pace the Nationals’ 11-hit attack. Marlins manager Joe Girardi was thrown out for arguing a balk.

The Buzz

The Future

Zimmerman sparkles with two diving defensive gems.

Silent bats

Nationals hitters come up empty at home.

Hernandez’s knee

Ace shows no signs of offseason surgery.

Split-squad games

Hard to be two places at once.

Injury report

First baseman Nick Johnson is listed as day-to-day with a stomach virus. Johnson has missed the Nationals’ last three spring training games. … Left-handed specialist Joey Eischen is expected to make his first spring appearance today against the New York Mets. Eischen has been limited by tendinitis in his left shoulder during camp.

By the numbers

53Players still in camp after outfielders Tony Blanco, Mike Vento, and Alex Escobar were reassigned yesterday.

0.82ERA for reliever Steve Watkins after 11 spring training innings in five games.

Overheard

“No, I haven’t see it. I don’t know if I’m going to be here or not. I don’t want to see something. … My contract expires in two more years. Maybe I’ll never see the stadium.”

— Nationals ace Livan Hernandez when asked whether he has seen the architect’s drawings for Washington’s new 41,000-seat baseball stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2008.

Schedule

Today: vs. Mets in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Tomorrow: vs. Tigers in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Friday: vs. Orioles in Fort Lauderdale, 1:05 p.m.

Saturday: vs. Mets (ss) in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Sunday: vs. Dodgers in Vero Beach, 1:05 p.m.

Today’s weather

Washington: Windy, 53 degrees.

Viera: Partly cloudy, 72 degrees.

Ken Wright

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.

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