Braves take it to Nats
BRAVES 13, NATIONALS 5,
at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Monday, March 5
Braves at the plate: Chipper Jones and Craig Wilson both had two-run doubles in Atlanta's six-run second inning. Brian McCann contributed a single and a double.
Nationals at the plate: Robert Fick's three-run homer highlighted a four-run fifth inning against top pitching prospect Matt Harrison. Angelo Jimenez and Ronnie Belliard both contributed a double.
Braves on the mound: Braves starter Lance Cormier improved his bid for the starting rotation, allowing one hit and recording three strikeouts in three scoreless innings. Bob Wickman surrendered a double, but like Mike Gonzalez, provided a scoreless inning.
Nationals on the mound: Starter Jerome Williams completed a scoreless first and then was victimized during a six-run second inning, during which in a span of five batters, he allowed three hits and issued two walks. Luis Martinez and Tim Redding combined to allow three hits and issue five walks during a seven-run fourth inning.
Grapefruit League records: Nationals 1-4; Braves 4-1.