- The Washington Times - Friday, March 9, 2007

SEEN AND HEARD

Nationals 12, Astros 5

VIERA, Fla. — The Washington Nationals don’t have problems scoring runs.

Led by an improved performance at the plate yesterday, the Nationals won just their second game of the Grapefruit League season.

Shortstop Josh Wilson went 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Left fielder Chris Snelling went 2-for-3 with two RBI, helping lead the Nationals’ biggest offensive showing so far this spring.

Acta left the middle of his lineup in the game longer yesterday with the promise they wouldn’t have to go on the three-hour bus trip today to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to play the Baltimore Orioles.

Apparently, that was enough incentive for his hitters. Backup right fielder Abraham Nunez connected on a two-run eighth-inning homer that further extended the Nationals’ lead and capped a 12-hit attack. Right-hander Jason Simontacchi allowed three runs on four hits in four innings.

Right-hander Jason Bergmann followed Simontacchi and pitched three scoreless innings.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

ARMED FORCES APPRECIATION DAY — Up

First pitch comes from Blackhawk landing.

STADIUM PARKWAY — Down

A new traffic pattern?

CUTDOWN DAY — Up

Clearing clubhouse clutter.

WIND-BLOWN HOMER — Down

Astros OF Lane pops it up, and out it goes.

BY THE NUMBERS

11 Pitches Jason Simontacchi threw in yesterday’s first inning.

9 Strikes Simontacchi threw in yesterday’s first inning.

2 pitches Simontacchi threw in yesterday’s first inning that hit batters.

OVERHEARD

“I’m not just here to start or relieve. I’m here to pitch, in any capacity. If they want me to pitch the last inning of any game, if they want me to pitch just the first inning, if they just want me to pitch the fourth inning, I don’t care. I just want to make this team, and I’m doing my best to do so.”

— Jason Bergmann

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

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

Tomorrow: 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.

Tuesday: OFF DAY

Wednesday: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.

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: Mostly sunny, 42 degrees.

Viera: PM showers, 79 degrees.

Ken Wright

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