Trea Turner doubled to right-center field, stole third and scored on an Adam Eaton sac fly to put the Washington Nationals up 1-0 early on the Houston Astros in their shared Spring Training facility this afternoon in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Jayson Werth, Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper all homered and the Nationals went on to win the Grapefruit League matchup in The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, 13-1.
Here’s how it happened:
• If he continues to crush baseballs like he has so far in the majors, we’re going to have to stop saying Trea Turner has “sneaky pop”, right?
The Nationals’ 23-year-old shortstop showed off the pop/power again this afternoon, driving a hanging 2-2 changeup from former Nationals’ prospect Brad Peacock off the outside edge and into right-center for a leadoff double in the first at bat of the game.
Turner stole third on a 3-0 pitch to Adam Eaton in the next at bat and Eaton hit a sac fly to left field to bring in the first run of the game, 1-0.
• Peacock’s day didn’t get any better as he gave up a two-out walk to Bryce Harper, a line drive single to right by Anthony Rendon and a three-run home run by Jayson Werth, who hit a 1-2 slider off the left field foul pole to make it 4-0 Nationals after a half-inning in West Palm Beach.
• Kyle McGowin, one of the two pitchers acquired from the LA Angels for shortstop Danny Espinosa this winter, stranded two runners in a 20-pitch first, after allowing a leadoff double and single by the first two batters he faced. S
McGowin showed off a nice change (to Carlos Beltran in particular) and slider, fastball effective if not overly impressive.
McGowin tossed two scoreless on 29 pitches before he was replaced by Austin Adams, (aka the other right-hander acquired in the Espinosa trade).
• Anthony Rendon lined a single to right-center in his first at bat against Peacock, then took a 2-1 fastball for a ride to left the second time up in the third, hitting a fly that outfielder Jake Marisnick leapt for at the wall but couldn’t corral.
It bounced off the top of the wall twice, but was ruled a home run in spite of the fact that it did appear to roll along the wall. Solo shot. 5-0 Nationals.
• Adam Eaton got a bad read on a George Springer fly to center in the bottom of the third inning, and allowed it to drop in front of him in shallow center field for a hit that Austin Adams worked around.
Eaton got hold of a slider from Tony Sipp in the top of the fourth, however, and got a chance to go all out on the basepaths, sprinting around to third for a two-out triple.
It's a beautiful day for baseball. pic.twitter.com/huhvAHhYi4— Houston Astros (@astros) March 2, 2017
• Dustin Antonin made quick work of Carlos Beltran in a three-pitch at bat to start off the Astros’ fourth and completed a scoreless bottom of the inning on 15 pitches total.
• Werth doubled to right to start the fifth (when Astros’ right fielder Jon Kemmer took an “interesting route” to the fly ball) and Werth’s pinch runner, Brian Goodwin, scored from third on a single to center by Grant Green to make it 6-0 Nationals.
• Shawn Kelley threw a 1-2 fastball by Juan Centeno up high and got a fly to left with a 1-2 heater to Jake Marisnick for the first two outs of the Astros’ fifth.
George Springer hit an 0-1 fastball to right field for a two-out single, however, and Alex Bregman lined a first-pitch fastball to center before Jose Altuve worked the count full and went down looking at a 3-2 slider to end a 19-pitch frame.
• Daniel Murphy reached on an error/single in the top of the sixth on a liner to left that Jake Marisnick couldn’t catch and scored the easy way when Bryce Harper hit a 1-2 slider up in the zone from Cy Sneed to center for a no-doubter of a two-run home run, 8-0.
• Wilmer Difo tripled in the next at bat and scored on a Grant Green single to make it 9-0 before an out was recorded in the sixth. Jhonatan Solano lined an RBI single to left to bring Brian Goodwin (walk) around for a 10-0 lead and a sac fly line drive to right off Emmanuel Burriss’s bat made it 11-0.
• Blake Treinen and his sinker set the Astros down in order in a 14-pitch frame in which he collected two Ks.
• Jhonatan Solano was 2 for 3 on the day after he doubled to start the Nationals’ eighth and he scored two outs later on a single to right by Rafael Bautista, 12-0.
• Sammy Solis worked around a leadoff single by Reid Brignac for a scoreless, 16-pitch frame in the eighth.
• Wilmer Difo lined a single to right and scored the Nationals’ 13th run on another hit by Solano in the top of the ninth, 13-0.
• Rafael Martin gave up a home run to left on a first-pitch fastball to Tyler White in the bottom of the ninth as the Astros finally got on the board, 13-1 Nationals. Martin gave up two walks in a longer-than-everyone-hoped ninth.
Final Score: 13-1 Nationals over Astros.