Nats roughed up by Braves
Williams hit hard in six-run second; Fick belts three-run homer
BRAVES 14, NATIONALS 5,
at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Monday, March 5
Nationals at the plate: Robert Fick's three-run homer highlighted a four-run fifth inning against top pitching prospect Matt Harrison. Angelo Jimenez and Ronnie Belliard both contributed a double.
Braves on the mound: Braves starter Lance Cormier improved his bid for the starting rotation, allowing one hit and recording three strikeouts in three scoreless innings. Bob Wickman surrendered a double in a scoreless inning. Mike Gonzalez also pitched a scoreless frame.
Nationals on the mound: Starter Jerome Williams completed a scoreless first and then was victimized during a six-run second inning, during which in a span of five batters, he allowed three hits and issued two walks. Luis Martinez and Tim Redding combined to allow three hits and issue five walks during a seven-run fourth inning.Grapefruit League records: Nationals 1-4; Braves 4-1.
Up next: The Braves and Nationals will meet again on Tuesday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET in Viera, Fla. Kyle Davies will start for the Braves, and the Nationals will counter with Colby Lewis.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.