Nats roughed up by Braves

Nats roughed up by Braves

at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Monday, March 5

Braves at the plate: Chipper Jones and Craig Wilson both had two-run doubles in Atlanta's six-run second inning. Brian McCann contributed a single and a double.

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 This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.