- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 6, 2007

SEEN AND HEARD

Braves 14, Nationals 5

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It was as ugly as the final score indicated. The Washington Nationals struggled on the mound and in the field, problems that started quickly. The second inning, to be exact.

The Braves took command with a six-run second, a flood of runs that began when shortstop D’Angelo Jimenez committed an unforced throwing error on a routine double-play ball. Starter Jerome Williams quickly fell apart after that. Williams lasted just 11/3 innings and allowed six runs — four of them earned — on four hits. He also walked two batters.

By the fifth, the Braves led 13-0, courtesy of a seven-run fourth. Left-hander Luis Martinez and right-hander Tim Redding suffered control problems as well as location issues. Martinez lasted just 11/3 innings and allowed four runs on no hits, walking three. Redding relieved Martinez in the fourth and allowed three runs on three hits, walking two.

The only real highlight for the Nationals was Robert Fick’s three-run homer to left off Braves nonroster invitee Matt Harrison in the fifth inning.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

BETWEEN INNINGS TUNES (UP)

Disney’s disco inferno

JIMENEZ’S GLOVE (DOWN)

Four errors in three games

WHAT WAS THAT? (DOWN)

Nationals turn in a stinker

FIVE GUYS AND A TOMAHAWK (DOWN)

Berm bums can’t get chop going

INJURY REPORT

Nationals outfielder George Lombard was a pregame scratch because of a sprained left thumb. Lombard, penciled in as yesterday’s starting right fielder and hitting sixth, underwent X-rays, which came back negative. Lombard’s thumb will be immobilized for five to seven days, then re-examined.

OVERHEARD

“I was trying to get the spring off to a good start. I said, ‘Let’s get a beer after the game.’ He said his family is in town and that he’s not going to be able to make it.”

— Nationals first baseman Robert Fick after nearly inciting a bench-clearing brawl with Braves closer Mike Gonzalez in the ninth inning yesterday

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

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

Tomorrow: 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.

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

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Sunny and windy, 33 degrees

Viera: Sunny, 72 degrees

Ken Wright

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