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Nationals cruise past sloppy Cardinals 7-0


Nationals cruise past sloppy Cardinals 7-0

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Ryan Zimmerman belted his second home run of the spring and the Cardinals committed five errors as the Washington Nationals beat St. Louis 7-0 on Saturday.

Kolten Wong had one of those errors and exited the game after bruising his knee diving for the ball, all in a three-run Washington fourth.

"It just felt tight so I started kind of stretching it out," Wong said. "As I was walking through the infield it just kept getting worse."

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny characterized Wong as being day to day and Wong said he might return to the lineup as early as Sunday.

Wong landed directly on his left knee cap while diving after a bouncer hit by Wilson Ramos. The ball scooted off Wong's glove and into right field.

After Chris Heisey's double off the left field wall moved Ramos to third, Danny Espinosa's grounder rolled through Wong's legs, allowing both Ramos and Heisey to score. Wong said the injury did not affect his ability to field the ball.

Zimmerman's blast came earlier in that inning when he drove a 3-2 Mike Leake offering over the left field wall.

St. Louis' defensive struggles continued in the sixth, when back-to-back errors by Ruben Tejada and Matt Carpenter led to three unearned Washington runs.

Washington struck for a run in the top of the first when Michael A. Taylor's ground rule double to left advanced Matt den Dekker to third. Den Dekker scored one batter later when Zimmerman grounded out behind second base.

Tanner Roark pitched with St. Louis runners on base much of the afternoon but kept them from scoring during his five innings, allowing six hits while striking out four.

"You've got to make pitches," Roark said. "They are a good hitting ball club and we had some great defense behind me for sure."

Despite striking out seven, Leake took his first loss of the spring after allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings.

Stephen Drew struck out three times in the first four innings, the beginning of a 0-for-4 afternoon. He'd struck out only three times during his previous 26 spring at-bats.


Cardinals: All four of the runs charged to Leake were earned, but the outing wouldn't have looked so bad if the Cardinals had made some plays behind him.

"Just an ugly, ugly day," Matheny said. "When we've got a guy we're trying to encourage to get the ball on the ground, when he gets the ball on the ground, we've got to make plays behind him."

Nationals: Friday's rainout prompted Washington to hold over scheduled starter Roark for Saturday's game. Joe Ross, Saturday's originally scheduled starter, threw in a minor league game in Viera.


Cardinals: St. Louis had hoped reliever Jordan Walden would return to game action on Saturday, but the shoulder and back soreness he's been fighting forced him to sit out another day. Matheny said Walden is day to day.


Cardinals: St. Louis will be the visiting team when it faces Roger Dean Stadium co-tenant Miami on Sunday, with Jaime Garcia drawing the start against Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.

Nationals: Washington plays its final split squad games of the spring on Sunday. Gio Gonzalez will get the start at home against Atlanta's Jhoulys Chacin. Yusmeiro Petit gets the ball for the Nationals on the road against the Mets, who will start Steven Matz.

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Former Nats manager Jim Riggleman named interim manager of Reds

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Former Nats manager Jim Riggleman named interim manager of Reds

Remember Jim Riggleman, the infamous Nats manager that resigned from the position back in 2011 after a win against the Seattle Mariners? Well he's back in a managerial position.

Bryan Price was fired as manager of the Cinncinati Reds Thursday, after the team started the 2018 season 3-15. Riggleman, who spent four seasons as their bench coach, was named the interim manager to replace Price.

Riggleman was promoted to interim manager of the Nats in July of 2009, after Manny Acta was let go midseason. He stayed on as manager for 2010 and 2011, and he then resigned from the team on June 23, 2011 after a win agaisnt the Seattle Mariners. He had lead the team to a win in 11 of their last 12 games prior to stepping away.

The reason behind the dramatic exit was due to the organization not yet picking up his 2012 contract option. He had reportedly requested a conversation with the front office about his future with the organization, and was upset after they declined. At 58 years-old, he felt he deserved more respect.

He's been with the Reds organization since 2012, and has spent time managing the Padres, Cubs and Mariners, in addition to the Nationals. His career winning pct. with each team has been below-.500.


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Nationals fall after Mets score 9 runs in 8th inning

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Nationals fall after Mets score 9 runs in 8th inning

NEW YORK -- Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand slam during a nine-run outburst in the eighth inning that rallied the New York Mets past the Washington Nationals 11-5 on Wednesday night, preventing a three-game sweep.

Todd Frazier tied it at 4 with a two-run single and pinch-hitter Juan Lagares put New York ahead for the first time with a two-run double off ineffective setup man Ryan Madson (0-2).

Shut down by Tanner Roark for seven innings, the first-place Mets broke loose in the eighth and improved to 13-4 with a stirring victory against their NL East rivals.

Ryan Zimmerman homered twice, tripled and drove in four runs for the Nationals, who pulled off their own big comeback in the eighth inning of the series opener.

Two nights later, New York returned the favor.

Roark limited the Mets to two hits and left leading 4-2. Michael Conforto, Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera singled off Madson to load the bases with nobody out in the eighth. Jay Bruce fouled out before Frazier smacked a two-run single up the middle and advanced to second on the throw home.

After an intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez loaded the bases again, pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores struck out. Lagares then lined a two-run double the other way, just inside the right-field line at the outer edge of the infield grass, to put the Mets up 6-4.

Sammy Solis walked Amed Rosario and Conforto to force in a run. Cespedes connected for his sixth career slam -- the third by the Mets already this season -- off A.J. Cole, sending fans into a frenzy.

Both of Cespedes' hits in the inning came on 0-2 pitches.

AJ Ramos (1-1) worked a perfect inning for his first win with the Mets since being acquired from Miami last July.

Howie Kendrick reached on an infield single for Washington in the first and Bryce Harper drew his 24th walk, most in the majors. Zimmerman, batting .121 at that point and struggling to make opponents pay for bypassing Harper, came through with a drive to left-center off Steven Matz for his second home run of the season.

Matz steadied himself after a 33-pitch first inning and retired his final 10 batters. He was pulled for a pinch hitter in the fourth after throwing 74 pitches.

Cabrera doubled to open the fourth and scored on Gonzalez's single. Zimmerman had a chance to start an inning-ending double play, but his throwing error from first base allowed another run to score on Jose Lobaton's RBI grounder as the Mets cut it to 3-2.

After Mets pitchers retired 16 in a row, Zimmerman's leadoff triple in the seventh got past a diving Bruce in right field, and Moises Sierra followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.

Zimmerman also hit a solo homer in the ninth.