- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 23, 2006

Cardinals 9, Nationals 3

JUPITER, Fla. — St. Louis starter Jason Marquis silenced the Washington bats, allowing only Alfonso Soriano’s double in 52/3 innings.

The Cardinals right-hander allowed just one run, struck out three and walked none to lower his spring ERA to 3.97.

Poor fielding cost the Nationals again. The Nationals committed three errors — all throwing errors by infielders.

Soriano went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in his debut as the Nationals’ left fielder. After leading off the fourth with a looping double down the left-field line, Soriano scored the Nationals’ first run of the game on Jose Guillen’s hard chopper to third with two outs.

Nationals reliever Gary Majewski was tagged for five runs — all earned — on five hits in the bottom half of the fourth inning.

THE BUZZ

SORIANO’S BAT

Only Nationals player to hit Marquis

NO OFFENSE

Soriano has one of five hits

SORIANO’S GLOVE

Error-free game in left with double play

TEAM DEFENSE

Another defensive disaster — three errors

BY THE NUMBERS

39 Errors the Nationals have committed in 23 spring games against major league teams.

3 Balls hit Soriano’s way yesterday that he successfully fielded.

OVERHEARD

“I don’t have control of the situation now.”

— Soriano said of playing left field for the Nationals.

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

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

Tomorrow: 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.

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

Tuesday: vs. Indians in Viera, 6:05 p.m.

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

HOW TO GET TO SPACE COAST STADIUM

From Orlando/North: Take Route 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: Mostly sunny, 53 degrees.

Viera: Afternoon thunderstorms, 74 degrees.

Ken Wright

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