Top Washington Nationals’ pitching prospect Erick Fedde impressed over five scoreless innings of work this afternoon in his third Grapefruit League start and fifth appearance of the Spring.
Fedde, 24, and the Nationals’ 1st Round pick, 18th overall in 2014, threw 61 pitches total, inducing nine ground ball outs and collecting three Ks from the 17 batters he faced in what ended up a 1-0 win over the New York Mets.
Here’s how it happened:
• Erick Fedde threw a 94 mph fastball outside for a called strike, came back with a 95 mph 0-1 fastball belt-high outside that Yoenis Cespedes took for strike two, then went inside with a fastball (or change maybe?) at 91 mph to get the New York Mets’ slugger looking for out No. 3 of a quick, 10-pitch, 1-2-3 first.
• Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper hit back-to-back one-out singles (to center and right, respectively) off Robert Gsellman in the Nationals’ half of the first inning, with Werth taking third on Harper’s hit.
One out later, Ryan Zimmerman walked with two down, loading the bases up for Brian Goodwin, who went down swinging to leave’em loaded.
• Fedde retired the Mets in order in the second, on three ground ball outs, leaving him at 22 pitches total after two with five ground ball outs from six batters.
• An eight-pitch, 1-2-3 third inning left Fedde at 30 pitches total with nine-straight Mets’ batters retired to start the game.
Making a smooth transition. pic.twitter.com/9XBrGBRcNF— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 23, 2017
• Anthony Rendon’s fifth double of the Spring drove in the Nationals’ first run of the game with Trea Turner scoring from second after he reached base on an error by Mets’ shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. 1-0.
• Asdrubal Cabrera lined a 3-2 fastball to center field for the first hit off Fedde with one down in the top of the fourth, and Cabrera got tossed in the process after asking for time on a 3-1 pitch, not getting it, and having a few words with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez as he ran to first after the hit.
Cabrera lined the 3-2 pitch to center, then barked back at Hernandez, who tossed the Mets’ infielder.
Asdrubal's long, lonely walk. Scored to The Hulk theme of course. pic.twitter.com/RNAHAzfhro— Good Fundies (@goodfundies) March 23, 2017
Yoenis Cespedes lined a single to center for the Mets’ second hit of the game in the next at bat, but Fedde struck Curtis Granderson out with a 1-2 slider outside for out No. 2, before Neil Walker sent a 3-2 out to Trea Turner behind second to end a 21-pitch frame. Two stranded. 51 pitches total.
• Fedde came back out for the fifth and retired the Mets in order in a 10-pitch frame that left him at 61 total. That was it for Fedde...
Erick Fedde’s Line: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 Ks, 61 P, 9/3 GO/FO.
• Enny Romero returned from the WBC with a scoreless, 17-pitch, 1-2-3 frame, sitting in the mid-90s with his fastball. Note: 12 of the 17 pitches Romero threw were in his one-out at bat against Jose Reyes.
• Bryce Harper doubled to center to start the Nationals’ half of the sixth (No. 3 on the Spring), but his pinch runner, Andrew Stevenson, was stranded at third.
• Joe Nathan struck Yoenis Cespedes out with a 91 mph 2-2 fastball up high inside in the only at bat of the afternoon for the veteran right-hander.
• Matt Grace took over on the mound and retired the two batters he faced to keep it 1-0 after six and a half in West Palm Beach.
• Sammy Solis tossed a quick, 20-pitch eighth, working around a two-out single to keep it 1-0 Nats.
• Blake Treinen took the mound with a 1-0 lead in the ninth and dropped an 0-2 slider on Mets’ minor leaguer Andres Gimenez to get a swinging K and out No. 1.
Ty Kelly hit a 2-2 fastball behind Treinen’s back and back up the middle for a one-out single.
Michael Conforto stepped in with the tying run on first and one wild pitch later had a runner in scoring position. Conforto hit a 1-1 fastball to first on a one-hop liner that Clint Robinson handled. Two down.
Juan Lagares came up with the tying run 90 feet from home and went down swinging at an 0-2 fastball for out No. 3. Ballgame. 17-pitch frame for Treinen.
Final score: 1-0 Nationals.