PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Reliever Drew Storen has allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings this spring. In Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Mets, Storen allowed a two-run homer to Curtis Granderson in the seventh inning. Storen didn't finish the inning and was replaced by Ryan Mattheus, who was able to strike out Anthony Recker to end the inning.
Manager Matt Williams said he took Storen out of the game because he didn't want him to throw a lot of pitches. He is scheduled to pitch against the Marlins on Monday.
"He still has to [pitch] back-to-back [games] still," Williams said. "Ordinarily, you leave him in that inning. We didn't want him to throw too many pitches [against the Mets].
"Any time a hitter gets in an advantageous count, it's to their advantage, regardless of who is out there. That was just the case today."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.