Nationals beat Astros in Spring Training home opener

The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros tried to get a game in on Saturday night but Mother Nature had other ideas. The game got cancelled due to rain. Max Scherzer made his Spring Training debut on Saturday and pitched two innings before the rain came pouring down. Scherzer threw 22 pitches and had two strikeouts.

“Being able to throw all my pitches for strikes [felt good],” Scherzer told the media. “All the offspeed, I thought I was able to execute those. I was losing kind of my fastball arm side a little more than I would like to. For me, I think that’s a little mechanical, kind of getting in it, back in the swing of things. Then trying to take that adjustment into the next start.”

The Nationals had a split squad affair on Sunday afternoon. The B team lost to the Miami Marlins 5-2 on the road while the A team defeated the Astros at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches 2-1.

Asdrubal Cabrera drove in the first Nats run in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly to score Tres Barrera. The Astros tied it in the fifth on an RBI double by Drew Ferguson. The Nats won the game in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI double from Brandon Snyder that scored Jackson Reetz.

The Nats will host the Mets tomorrow at 1:05 p.m.

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