Nationals 9 - Team Italy 6
I guess those hitting tips from Elijah Dukes paid off. A 2-out 9th inning homerun by Roger Bernadina rescued the Nats flailing bullpen as Washington escaped with a win over the Italians in a WBC warm-up. (Box Score)
Nats' bats feasted early, led by Elijah Dukes's triple and solo homer. Ryan Zimmerman also contributed a triple as part of a 2-hit day. Perennial SS-of-the-future Ian Desmond had a pair of hits (and an error), but Bernadina was the star of the show, going 3-5 with 3 RBI.
Once again the starting pitching shone, once again the bullpen tanked. John Lannan and Shairon Martis again combined on a scoreless outing, only to see their good work undone by Marco Estrada and Wil Ledezma. Gary Glover almost managed to slam the door on the Azzurri, but instead became the beneficiary of Bernadina's blast.
Oh yeah, Nick the Stick got whacked.