KISSIMMEE, Fla. - We're in the seventh inning at Osceola County Stadium, and the Nationals have taken a 7-3 lead over the Astros, getting help from a home run from an unlikely source: Nyjer Morgan.
The center fielder blasted a long homer to right field in the fifth inning. The three-run shot put the Nationals up 5-3, and they added another run later in the inning. It was Morgan's first homer since July 28, 2009, when he hit one in Milwaukee. He's 1-for-2 with a walk and a pair of runs today, and though he's still only hitting .222 for the spring, he's 5-for-16 in his last six games. Maybe he's starting to figure things out at the plate.
Wilson Ramos just added another homer - a blast to right center off Wesley Wright - to extend the Nationals' lead. He did an impressive job taking an inside pitch out. Cole Kimball also struck out three batters in his two innings of work, though he walked two batters and gave up a hit.