Nationals Spring Training Report: Nats Fall to ‘Stros and Team USA Wins a Wild One

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By Michael Marzzacco

The Nationals fell to the Astros 8-2 at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Washington was the visiting ballclub in the shared facility. After leading 2-1, the Astros had a five-run third inning. that was highlighted by a three-run homer by Jon Kemmer. That put the Astros up 7-2 at the time.

Brian McCann’s solo homer put the home club ahead 1-0 in the first. The Nationals answered with two runs in the second. Ryan Zimmerman got on base with a single. After Matt Wieters popped out, Michael Taylor tripled into right field to send Zimmerman home. Stephen Drew followed with a single into left field to score Taylor.

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USA: Tanner Roark and Daniel Murphy

While neither Roark nor Murphy played, Team USA defeated Venezuela in thrilling fashion. And it was so thrilling we had to include video highlights. Trailing 2-1 in the eighth, Adam Jones of the Orioles homered to tie the game. It was fitting for Jones, who grew up in San Diego, the same city where this contest was played.

Two batters later, Eric Hosmer of the Royals delivered the go-ahead two run homer. Team USA would go on to win 4-2

Israel: Nick Rickles and R.C. Orlan

Neither Rickles nor Orlan played. Israel fell 8-3 to Japan on Wednesday and finished round two of Pool E play with a 1-2 record and won’t advance to the championship round.

Dominican Republic: Enny Romero

The Dominican Republic suffered their first loss since 2009 on Tuesday night against the team they beat in the 2013 WBC championship, Puerto Rico, by a final of 3-1. Enny Romero came into the game in the bottom of the sixth and retired all five batters he faced while striking out one.

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