February 15, 2013; Viera, FL, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Ryan Perry (45) throws during spring training at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Spring Training Game 4: Washington Nationals 5, Atlanta Braves 9

I remember I always used to select Ryan Perry for my bullpen in MLB The Show. I liked him because he could strike people out and he was young when most relievers were older. I don’t think that is a good thing that the only thing I remember about a player is the fact I used to like his digital counterpart.

The first round pick has struggled in his career with the Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals and his start to 2013 didn’t go so well. He faced eight batters, retired one and allowed five to score. That was the difference in the game as the Nationals fell to the Atlanta Braves 9-5.

There were bright spots. Ross Detwiler started off strong in his first Spring appearance and Bryce Harper is showing signs that he might just be the best player in the National League this season. It is only Spring Training but Harper is driving the ball which is always a good sign. Anthony Rendon also had a two-hit game and is hitting .400 for the Spring. Ian Desmond (2), Chris Marrero, Sandy Leon and Tyler Moore had the other Nationals hits.

Bill Bray allowed a run in his second straight appearance and Jeremy Accardo and Cole Kimball pitched scoreless innings.

The Nationals fall to 1-2-1 and face off against the Miami Marlins later today. Dan Haren will be getting the start for the Nationals. A preview and lineups will be coming up in a few hours.

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