Taylor Helps Open Nats New Spring Home in Style

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Photo: @Nationals

By Michael Marzzacco

The Nationals opened their new state of the art Spring Training home with a game against their roommates (the other MLB ball club that shares the same facility) the Houston Astros. In a hard fought battle, Michael A. Taylor christened the new park with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Nats a 4-3 win.

The home team jumped out to a  1-0 lead in the first on a double by Bryce Harper to the left field wall that scored Daniel Murphy from second. Murphy led off the inning with a double of his own.

Trea Turner, who moved from the outfield back to shortstop, looked very comfortable returning to his original position. He snagged a grounder from the outfield grass, spun around and fired it to first to retire Teoscar Hernandez.

The Astros jumped out in front in the fourth on a two-run shot by Carlos Beltran. The Nats responded in the bottom of the frame with a home run by Derek Norris over the left-centerfield wall.

Houston would regain the lead in the sixth on a fielder’s choice double play. The Nationals tied it in the bottom of the eighth thanks to an RBI line drive single into right field by Jose Lobaton that scored Neftali Soto.

With two strikes in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, Michael Taylor ended the first baseball game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches with a walk-off blast over the left field fence.

SCENES FROM THE BALLPARK OF THE PALM BEACHES

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