- The Washington Times - Monday, March 20, 2006

Dodgers 9, Nationals 1

Vero Beach, Fla. — Fielding continued to be the Washington Nationals’ biggest problem this spring. The Nationals spotted the Dodgers a 5-0 first-inning lead courtesy of two errors.

Billy Traber, making his fourth start of the spring, was charged with only one earned run in the inning. He has been one of the bigger surprises in camp this year and entered yesterday’s game with a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings. In the third inning, he surrendered a solo home run to Bill Mueller that gave the Dodgers a 6-0 lead.

The Nationals scored their lone run in the fourth when Royce Clayton scored on Daryle Ward’s groundout to second.

The Buzz

Up ? GUILLEN AND SORIANO

Big bats may debut tonight

Down - NATIONALS’ FIELDING

35 errors this spring

Up - DOUBLE EJECTION

Lopes and Robinson tossed in meaningless game

Down - DARYLE WARD’S GLOVE

Charged with one miscue, though it should have been two

By the numbers

35 Errors by the Nationals in 21 exhibition games

3 Errors by the Nationals in yesterday’s 9-1 loss to the Dodgers

Overheard

“Grumpy is still in the back.”

— Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax to reporters after leaving Nationals manager Frank Robinson’s office before yesterday’s game

Seven-day schedule

Today: vs. Dodgers in Viera, 6:05 p.m.

Tomorrow: Off

Wednesday: vs. Cardinals in Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.

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

Friday: vs. Braves in Lake Buena Vista, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday: vs. Tigers in Lakeland, 1:05 p.m.

Sunday: vs. Astros in Viera, 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: Sunny, 49 degrees.

Viera: Mostly sunny, 85 degrees.

Ken Wright

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