- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 27, 2008

SEEN AND HEARD IN LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA.

BRAVES 10, NATIONALS 2

Aside from a fifth-inning rally that produced two runs, Washington’s offense struggled against Atlanta at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex yesterday. Paul Lo Duca’s double in the fourth inning and Pete Orr’s pinch-hit single in the seventh gave the Nationals their other hits.

Matt Chico didn’t allow a run in his first three innings but gave up five in his last 22/3 innings after struggling to maintain his velocity from the stretch.

Ray King gave up his first runs of the spring, getting drilled for five in the eighth inning.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

UP CRISTIAN GUZMAN

Breaks slump with ground-rule double, but two walks are an even better sign.

SIDEWAYS MATT CHICO

In the final rotation, but he has some things to work on.

SIDEWAYS PETE ORR

Impressive spring doesn’t prevent him from heading to the minors.

DOWN 3-4-5 HITTERS

Zimmerman, Johnson, Kearns: 0-for-8, three runners left in scoring position.

OVERHEARD

I’m not a dummy. When I got to camp, you just look at the numbers. It was tough.

Pete Orr, realizing that his .389 spring average wouldn’t necessarily land him in the Nationals’ crowded infield

BY THE NUMBERS

5.63 Ray King’s spring training ERA, which was 0.00 before yesterday.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Showers, 65 degrees.

Viera: Mostly sunny, 78 degrees.

FIVE-DAY SCHEDULE

Today: vs. Orioles at Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Tomorrow: Off

Saturday: vs. Orioles at Nationals Park, 6:05 p.m.

Sunday: vs. Braves at Nationals Park (regular-season opener), 8:05 p.m.

Monday: vs. Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, 3:05 p.m.

HOW TO GET TO SPACE COAST STADIUM

From Orlando/north: Take Route 528 East (Beachline Expressway) 25 miles to I-95 South. Exit I-95 South at Fiske Boulevard (Exit 195). Proceed south on Fiske Boulevard/Stadium Parkway two miles to the stadium on the right. Approximate time: 45 minutes.

From Melbourne/south: Take I-95 North to Wickham Road (Exit 191) and turn left. At the traffic circle, turn right on Lake Andrew Drive. Turn left on Judge Fran Jamieson Way. Turn right on Stadium Parkway and follow to the stadium on the left. Approximate time: 20 minutes.

— Ben Goessling

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