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Gio Gonzalez tuned up for the World Baseball Classic by throwing three scoreless innings, allowing three hits with one walk and three strikeouts. But it wasn't good enough to prevent the Nationals second straight loss as they fell to the Astros 4-2.
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Roy Halladay out-pitched Stephen Strasburg throwing four scoreless innings as the Phillies beat the Nationals 6-3 at Bright House Field Wednesday.
Dan Haren gave up one run on two hits and struck out two over three innings. Danny Espinosa and Chad Tracy each drove in two runs as the Nationals beat the Astros 7-1 to improve to 5-3-2 in the Grapefruit League.
For those dealing with the back end of winter in D.C., I present to you some not-so-happy Washington Nationals ballplayers who are also dealing with "winter" in the Sunshine State this weekend.
The Nationals faced a rematch against the St. Louis Cardinal Saturday, the team that knocked them out of the post-season last year, during an exhibition game in Florida.
Jordan Zimmermann allowed two runs on five hits over three innings, striking out four; Bryce Harper hit his first homer of the spring as the Nationals hung on to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-5 at Champion Stadium.
Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler threw a decent couple of innings in his first start of spring training. But the Nationals lost to the Atlanta Braves, a team that is expected to be a top competitor for the division champs this season.
Gio Gonzalez made his first start of the spring a good one, throwing two hitless innings as the Nationals beat the Mets in front of 3,611 fans at Tradition Field.
Stephen Strasburg made his first start of the spring and gave up two runs on three hits over two innings of work including a home run as the Mets beat the Nationals 5-3.
Right-handed pitcher Chris Young showed up to Nationals camp today after agreeing to a Minor League contract on Thursday afternoon with the intent of adding more pitching depth to the club.