Park struggles in loss to Nationals

Park struggles in loss to Nationals

in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Saturday, March 17

Nationals at the plate: Chris Snelling, a left-handed hitter, hit two home runs off of Chan Ho Park and a double off of Jorge Sosa in collecting four RBIs in his first three at-bats. Ryan Zimmerman had two doubles and a single in his first three trips to the plate. Ryan Church had a three-run double against Park and four RBIs in his first four at-bats.

Mets at the plate: David Wright, Shawn Green and Jose Valentin had three of the Mets' five hits. Endy Chavez doubled and scored the Mets' run in the eighth.

Nationals on the mound: Jerome Williams, who began his third Spring Training appearance with a 10.38 ERA in 4 1/3 innings, shut down the Mets on two hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out two. Levale Speigner pitched two shutout innings.

Mets on the mound: Park pitched ineffectively for three innings, allowing seven runs on three walks and seven hits. Three of the runs were unearned, but three of the hits were home runs. He had little command of his fastball, and left-handed hitters hurt him most. Sosa, who had allowed three home runs in eight innings in his first three appearances, kept the ball in the park this time, but allowed six runs and eight hits in two innings.

Grapefruit League records: Nationals 5-10; Mets 6-13-1.

Up next: The third of the Mets' four scheduled games against the Cardinals this spring comes on Sunday afternoon. The Mets play in Jupiter, beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET, with Orlando Hernandez in line to make his second exhibition game start. Kip Wells is scheduled to start for St. Louis. Ambiorix Burgos and Lino Urdaneta are to follow El Duque; Jason Isringhausen and Russ Springer follow Wells in the Cardinals' plans.

The Nationals play the Marlins in Viera, beginning at 1:05 p.m. John Patterson starts for the Nationals, Anibal Sanchez for the Marlins.

Marty Noble is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.