- The Washington Times - Friday, March 23, 2007

SEEN AND HEARD

Nationals 10, Tigers 4

VIERA, Fla. — Washington used a six-run sixth inning, powered by Ryan Zimmerman’s third home run of the spring, to win its fifth straight game and improve to 10-11-1 in Grapefruit League play.

Nationals starter John Patterson was effective in his next-to-last spring start before he pitches Opening Day on April 2 against the Florida Marlins at RFK Stadium. Patterson allowed only one run — a home run by Chris Shelton — on four hits in four innings. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, walking two batters and running his pitch count to 72.

Zimmerman, the Nationals’ designated hitter yesterday, went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. Zimmerman raised his batting average to .420 this spring with a slugging percentage of .740.

Nationals center fielder Nook Logan had a big day from both sides of the plate. The switch-hitter tripled from the right side of the plate in the third inning, scoring Ronnie Belliard, and then doubled in the sixth inning hitting left-handed. Logan went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

ROSTER TRIMMING (UP)

More cuts expected this weekend.

SIMONTACCHI’S HEALTH (DOWN)

Missed important bullpen session with groin injury.

RED-HOT PLAY (UP)

Winning streak reaches five games.

NASA DAY (UP)

A guy in a spacesuit walked around stadium.

BY THE NUMBERS

4,179 Fans on average for the Nationals at home this spring, second lowest in the National League.

4,118 Fans on average for the Nationals on the road this spring, lowest in the majors.

OVERHEARD

“A lot of people said it’s only spring training, but a win in spring training is good for the head, too.”

— Nationals manager Manny Acta

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

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

Tomorrow: vs. Braves in Lake Buena Vista, 1:05 p.m.

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

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

Wednesday: vs. Marlins (ss) in Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.; vs. Orioles (ss) in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Thursday: vs. Orioles in Columbus, Ohio, 4:05 p.m.

Friday: vs. Orioles in Norfolk, 2:05 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 Boulevard (Exit 195). Proceed south on Fiske Boulevard/Stadium Parkway to the stadium. Approximate time: 45 minutes.

From Melbourne/south: Take I-95 North to Wickham Road (Exit 191) and turn left. Turn right on Lake Andrew Drive and follow to the stadium. Approximate time: 20 minutes.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Showers, 56 degrees.

Viera: Sunny, 81 degrees.

Ken Wright

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