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Bill Ladson

Fister not satisfied with latest outing

Right-hander's third start resulted in four innings, two runs on six hits

Fister not satisfied with latest outing

JUPITER, Fla. -- Nationals right-hander Doug Fister made his third start of the spring Wednesday afternoon, pitching four innings and allowing two runs on six hits in a 5-4 loss to the Marlins in Jupiter. Fister said he was nowhere near his best on the mound.

In the second inning, Fister allowed an RBI single to Adeiny Hechavarria, while Dee Gordon scored on a single by Giancarlo Stanton an inning later.

"I have to be able to command my fastball and my sinker," Fister said. "I haven't got to that point. I'm still working on that. That's my biggest key. Everything needs to be knees and below. And I'm not quite there yet. Like I said, I have some work to do."

Manager Matt Williams didn't seem to have a problem with Fister's outing. The skipper took notice Fister was working fast and changing speeds.

"His ball has such movement on it, if he does elevate it, he has a chance," Williams said.

It was also the first time a Nationals pitcher was able to hit for himself this spring and Fister didn't do well at the plate either, striking out while attempting to bunt in the third inning off Marlins right-hander Matt Latos.

"It was horrible," Fister said. "We bunt in the cage, [in batting practice] and everything else. Getting back out there in the real world with a pitcher out there, it's a little different. You just have to bear down and get it down."

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.