Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals Game Ends in Scoreless Tie

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Pitching ruled the roost on Thursday as the Detroit Tigers faced the Washington Nationals. Batting couldn’t keep up with the pitching and the game ended in a scoreless tie.

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Anibal Sanchez had one of his best outings of Spring Training allowing only two hits over five scoreless innings of work and racking up five strikeouts in the process. Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez had an equally fine start, giving up only two hits and one walk through four innings of scoreless baseball.

Washington got to work quickly in the 1st inning as Gonzalez retired Rajai Davis, Anthony Gose, and J.D. Martinez with no trouble at all. Sanchez looked shaky at first, allowing back-to-back singles to Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper, only to get Ryan Zimmerman to ground out to end the 1st.

Rajai Davis doubled in the 3rd inning, but aside from that things were as exciting as reading the dictionary. Gio Gonzalez’s day ended after the fourth inning as he was relieved by Matt Thorton, whom was then relieved by Tanner Roark an inning later.

Detroit went through their fair share of arms as well. Al Albuquerque took the mound in the 6th inning only to be replaced by youngster Buck Farmer in the 7th inning. Blaine Hardy relieved Famer in the 8th and Rafael Dolis pitched the 9th. All was quiet until Dolis took the mound, surrendering a triple to Tony Gwynn Jr. with one out in the bottom of the 9th. Washington’s rally eventually came up short as Gwynn Jr. was left stranded and the game went to extra innings.

After neither team scored in the tenth inning, the game was called and ended in a scoreless tie.

The Detroit Tigers return home to face the New York Yankees in Lakeland tomorrow afternoon with Alfredo Simon taking the mound for Detroit.

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