The Nationals fell to the Red Sox Thursday at Fort Myers in their final game of Grapefruit League action 8-1. The Nats are now back in DC and they’ll see the Red Sox the next two days: today at 4:05 at Nationals Park (of course, weather permitting) and tomorrow at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. The Nats finish the spring with a 13-17 record. According to Mark Zuckerman of MASN, and he’s been covering the team for a long time so he knows his stuff, the Nats have only made the playoffs when they finish Spring Training with a winning record. They’ve also made the playoffs on even-numbered years instead of odd-numbered years. We’ll see if this year’s ballclub could break that trend.
Joe Ross was Washington’s starter on the afternoon and will be penciled in as the Nats’ number five starter this season. He gave up eight hits and four runs over five innings of work, walking two and striking out seven.
The Nats got their lone run in the top of the first with a single to center field by Bryce Harper that scored Trea Turner. Turner had a solid afternoon at the plate, going 2-for-3.