Patrick Corbin made his second start of the Spring this afternoon, taking on the Minnesota Twins in Grapefruit League action in West Palm Beach, FL.
Corbin gave up a leadoff single by Ehire Adrianza in the first at bat of the game, and an error by Carter Kieboom in the next at bat put runners on the corners before Mitch Garver hit into a double play that brought the first run of the game in, 1-0 Twins.
Corbin worked around another leadoff single in the second, retiring the next three batters in order, and the Nationals tied things up in the bottom of the inning with Matt Adams walking and scoring on the second on two consecutive singles by Kurt Suzuki and Michael A. Taylor that brought in the first run of the game for the home team, 1-1.
A 1-2-3 third ended Corbin’s outing with six straight outs recorded overall and all but one of the outs on the day via ground ball.
Adam Eaton walked to start the Nationals’ half of the third and scored one out later on an RBI triple by Juan Soto, 2-1.
Zim!!!: Ryan Zimmerman got some action at first base in the field, and sent a fly to left in his first at bat for an out, but all that mattered to fans in the nation’s capital was proof that Zim took the field for the first time this Spring, matching his total games played in Grapefruit League action from last season, when he took most of his at bats on the back field (as part of a plan he and the Nationals’ brass, including Davey Martinez came up with to maximize his work in Florida). The plan for the rest of this Spring? Play when he’s healthy:
Ryan Zimmerman on the plan for playing time the rest of the spring: "When things are good and my body is good, I'm going to play pretty regularly. If something comes up and my body doesn't feel good, then I'm not going to play."— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) March 2, 2019
Bullpen Action: Justin Miller made his 2019 Grapefruit League debut this afternoon, after he dealt with a back issue early this Spring, giving up a one-out single and HBP which were followed by a two-run double by Ronald Torreyes, 3-2 Twins.
Wilmer Difo reached on an error in the bottom of the fourth and scored on an RBI double by Carter Kieboom, 3-3, and 4-3 on an RBI double by Adam Eaton.
James Bourque got the fifth for the Nationals, picking up two Ks in a 1-2-3 frame in his second outing of the Spring.
Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth, putting the Nationals up 6-3 with his first blast in Grapefruit League action this season.
Wil Crowe gave up a double by Lucas Duda and a two-run home run by Willians Astudillo, 6-5.
Vidal Nuño struck out three straight after a single by Nick Gordon and a throwing error by Luis Garcia set the Twins up with a runner on third with no one out in the seventh.
Sammy Solis gave up leadoff and two-out singles in the top of the eighth as the Twins rallied to tie things up at 6-6.
Brandon Snyder broke the tie with a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning, taking Twins’ left-hander Lewis Thorpe to left-center field after a walk by Andrew Stevenson and singles by Hunter Jones and Jake Noll loaded the bases, 10-6.
Henderson Alvarez retired the side in order in the top of the ninth to end it. Ballgame.