The second competitive pitch 32-year-old right-hander Dan Haren threw as a member of the Washington Nationals' rotation ended up bouncing off the center field wall in Space Coast Stadium as 21-year-old Miami Marlins' 2010 1st Round pick Christian Yelich tripled to start today's Grapefruit League game at the Nats' Spring home. A sac fly by Nats' catcher Jhonatan Solano's brother Donovan made it a 1-0 game early in favor of the Fish.
Denard Span's a patient man. His OBP at the top of the lineup (and his ballhawkingly-good D) are two of the reasons he's been brought to the nation's capital to play center and lead off for the defending NL East Champs. Span took a leadoff walk to start the Nationals' first this afternoon, bringing Bryce Harper up with a runner on against former Dodgers and current Marlins' starter Nathan Eovaldi. Harper K'd swinging at an offspeed pitch. Bearded outfielder Jayson Werth K'd swinging in the next at bat too and 22-year-old Marlins' '08 1st Round pick Kyle Skipworth caught Span trying to swipe second for an inning-ending DP after Werth struck out, helping Eovaldi pitch around the leadoff walk and preserve the 1-0 lead
Marlins Win 5-1 Over Nationals' Dan Haren Debut
Federal Baseball | Feb 27