This sure isn't pretty

VIERA, Fla. - It's only spring training. It's only spring training.

Just repeat after me. And do the "Woo-sah" if you start getting overly frustrated.

The Nationals trail the Astros 9-1 after five innings, largely because left-hander Tom Gorzelanny couldn't find the plate. And when he did, Houston teed off.

Gorzelanny retired just three Astros, and in his one inning of work, he allowed seven earned runs, walked four and gave up two three-run home runs.

The lefty, who is battling for one of the final spots in the Nats' bullpen, walked in a run, allowed another to score via a wild pitch, and just looked like he had no control of what he was tossing up there.

At least Gorzelanny didn't have the worst outing of the day - Braves righty Julio Teheran apparently allowed six (yes, six) homers in his two innings of work against the Tigers.

Teheran is Atlanta's top prospect. Today, he's just a guy who threw worse than everyone else in baseball - Gorzelanny included.

Dan Kolko was named MASNsports.com's Nationals beat writer after spending the last four years covering the Baltimore Ravens for MASN and also serving as the Web site's deputy managing editor. A University of Delaware graduate originally from Silver Spring, Md., Dan grew up a die-hard baseball fan and is thrilled for the opportunity to cover the Nationals. Before joining MASN, Dan worked in production at Comcast SportsNet in Bethesda, Md., and also interned at the "George Michael Sports Machine" in Washington, D.C.

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