- The Washington Times - Friday, March 23, 2007

SEEN AND HEARD

Nationals 16, Astros 2

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Washington had its best performance of the spring against suspect Houston pitching, and potential starter Jerome Williams likely earned himself a spot in the rotation.

The Nationals had a 10-0 lead in the third inning and finished with a spring-high 20 hits, including three each by four different players. Ryan Church went 3-for-5 with five RBI and two runs, including a monstrous three-run homer to right field in the sixth inning. Cristian Guzman was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored, and Jesus Flores went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run, a double, two RBI and four runs scored. Ryan Zimmerman finished 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored.

Williams didn’t hurt himself at the plate, either, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs scored to raise his average to .429.

On the mound, Williams (1-0) had his most impressive outing this spring, allowing two unearned runs on two hits over five innings.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

NATIONALS’ SPRING DEFENSE (UP)

Going into last night, best in National League.

DMITRI YOUNG’S PRODUCTION (UP)

After five games: .385, two doubles, one home run, two RBI.

OSCEOLA COUNTY STADIUM (DOWN)

First facility that charges media to park.

LEVALE SPEIGNER’S CURVEBALL (UP)

Rule 5 draftee has been dominant.

BY THE NUMBERS

13 Errors the Nationals have committed after 20 spring games, best in the NL.

10 Errors the Seattle Mariners have committed after 23 spring games, best in the majors.

OVERHEARD

“I haven’t seen anybody taking comfortable swings off of him.”

— Nationals manager Manny Acta on right-hander Levale Speigner, who entered last night’s game having not allowed a run in 82/3 innings this spring

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

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

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

Sunday: 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.

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, 67 degrees

Viera: partly cloudy, 79 degrees

Ken Wright

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