- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 4, 2007

Nationals 6, Dodgers 2 (ss); Astros 9, Nationals 2 (ss)

VIERA, Fla. — First-year Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta picked up his first win of the spring thanks to a well-pitched split-squad game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After starter Jason Simontacchi allowed two runs on five hits in three innings, the next four pitchers — Matt Chico, Arnie Munoz, Chris Booker and Chad Cordero — gave up just three hits in six scoreless innings.

The left-handed Chico was particularly impressive, allowing just one hit over three innings and striking out two.

Catcher Juan Brito hit a solo home run in the third inning to bring the Nationals within 2-1. He also hit a two-run single to left field that gave Washington its first lead of the game at 3-2. …

In Kissimmee, Jason Bergmann’s scoreless two-inning start didn’t hold up. Bergmann allowed two hits and threw 33 pitches. In the sixth, the Astros broke a 2-2 tie with seven runs. Mike Bacsik gave up six of his seven runs in that inning.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

MATT CHICO’S PERFORMANCE (UP)

Has the best outing of any pitcher in camp.

CANNED SOUND EFFECTS (DOWN)

Don’t need to hear car alarms.

ZIMMERMAN’S HOT BAT (UP)

Goes 2-for-3; average actually falls to .750.

ANTHEM SINGER (DOWN)

Looked and sounded like Roseanne Barr.

BY THE NUMBERS

2

Doubles right-hander Jason Simontacchi allowed yesterday during his three innings.

3

Independent minor leagues Simontacchi has pitched in during his pro career.

OVERHEARD

“I don’t like seeing [Nook] Logan’s numbers when he’s running. We’ll have to work on that a little better.”

— Jason Simontacchi on what happens if he’s unable to pitch inside effectively

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

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

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

Wednesday: vs. Astros in Kissimmee, 1:05 p.m.

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

Friday: vs. Orioles in Fort Lauderdale, 1:05 p.m.

Saturday: vs. Mets in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Sunday: 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 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: Partly cloudy/wind, 53 degrees.

Viera: Sunny, 67 degrees.

— Ken Wright

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