- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 13, 2007

SEEN AND HEARD

Nationals 9, Mets 6

VIERA, Fla. — Chris Snelling belted a three-run, eighth inning homer off New York reliever Jon Adkins to help Washington win its fourth Grapefruit League game. Nationals closer Chad Cordero pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save of the spring.

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-3 with a home run, two doubles, two RBI and a run scored, raising his batting average to .455 in 22 at-bats. His third-inning ground-rule double gave the Nationals a 2-1 lead.

The Nationals added two more runs in the fourth when shortstop Cristian Guzman, pinch-hitting for starter Shawn Hill, drilled a single to center field. Zimmerman made it 5-1 in the fifth with his second home run of the spring.

The Nationals enjoyed a 6-1 lead going into the seventh inning. The Mets tied the game 6-6 in the eighth when Mets outfielder David Newhan doubled off Nationals reliever Ray King and scored when outfielder Lastings Milledge singled up the middle off reliever Jon Rauch.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

METS TRAVEL ROSTER (UP)

No ripping off Viera this time.

NATIONAL ANTHEM (DOWN)

Mike difficulties turn it into a lip sync.

ANOTHER CUTDOWN DAY (UP)

Starting to shape the roster.

STADIUM PERSONNEL (DOWN)

When it’s over, take party off premises.

BY THE NUMBERS

10 Hits in eight Grapefruit League games for Ryan Zimmerman, a team high.

18 Total bases in eight Grapefruit League games for Zimmerman, also a team high.

OVERHEARD

“I’ve never had a spring before. This is my first one that I’ve played in since my first one where I rocked up as a 17-year-old with my metal bat. I didn’t know it was a wooden bat, but anyway that’s a different story.”

— Nationals outfielder Chris Snelling when asked during what part of the spring he gets his timing

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

Today: Off day

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

Thursday: vs. Tigers (ss) in Viera, 7:05 p.m., vs. Dodgers (ss) in Vero Beach, 7:05 p.m.

Friday: vs. Indians in Winter Haven, 12:35 p.m.

Saturday: vs. Mets (ss) in Port St. Lucie, 1:05 p.m.

Sunday: vs. Marlins in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Monday: vs. Dodgers 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: Partly cloudy, 71 degrees.

Viera: Mostly sunny, 80 degrees.

Ken Wright

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