Bill Ladson

Fister more in 'swing of things' despite rough outing

Right-hander gives up six runs on eight hits, including three homers, vs. Miami

Fister more in 'swing of things' despite rough outing

VIERA, Fla. -- Right-hander Doug Fister had his rockiest outing of the spring during the Nationals' 11-7 victory over the Marlins on Sunday. He allowed six runs in four innings and struck out two batters against one walk. Fister now has a 7.02 ERA in five Grapefruit League starts.

On a windy day at Space Coast Stadium, the Marlins managed three home runs off Fister. But the right-hander didn't use the elements as an excuse.

"I can't let any of that affect me. I know I have to get the ball down regardless," Fister said. "I felt good today. I felt I was almost back in the swing of things. There are obviously some things I have to fine tune at the end of spring. …

"I left the ball up, and it allowed the Marlins to get good contact on the ball. I don't let outside influences affect the game. It's a game I have to control and make adjustments."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He can also be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.