Fish Bites: Miami Marlins Squander Good Fortune Against Washington Nationals

Greg Fiume

It was the best of times and it was the worst of times on Wednesday as the Miami Marlins bats chased All Star right-handed Jordan Zimmermann in the second inning on Wednesday night, but the Marlins bullpen and defense made a mess of things later by failing to get out of innings and ultimately blowing an early 5-run lead and a late 1-run lead as the Nationals took a 2-0 lead in the series.

Marlins Blow Five Run Lead, Fall For Third Straight Time | NBC 6 South Florida
The Miami Marlins have now lost three games in a row after a 10-7 loss to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

Limiting mistakes vital to Marlins' success | marlins.com: News
Executing the little things looms big for the Marlins in their hopes to building toward being a contender. The team lacks the firepower offensively to overcome too many mistakes.

Werth's grand slam lifts Nats past Marlins 10-7
Jayson Werth destroyed a bases loaded pitch from Miami Marlins' reliever Carlos Marmol after an intentional walk loaded the bases for the Washington Nationals slugger.

WERTHQUAKE: Nationals 10-7 over Marlins on Jayson Werth's eighth inning grand slam - Federal Baseball
Washington Nationals' starter Jordan Zimmermann was knocked out early, but the Nats battled back and tied things up in the sixth only to have Miami break up the tie in the eighth. That's when Jayson Werth hit a grand slam to left to win it. 10-7.

Ryan Zimmerman resting: Nationals-Marlins lineups
Although he fielded grounders and threw nearly four hours before the game, Ryan Zimmerman is out of the Nationals’ starting lineup because of his shoulder.

Jacob Turner of Miami Marlins placed on disabled list with shoulder strain - ESPN
The Miami Marlins placed pitcher Jacob Turner on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder.

Postgame Grades: Marlins vs Nationals (4/8/14) - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Marlins dropped the first game of their series against the Nats, here are the grades for the Marlins players from the opener.

Marlins try to regroup in DC | Fox News
The Miami Marlins will try to regroup, as they square off with the Washington Nationals in the second of a three-game set at Nationals Park. Miami's offense was impressive through the first seven games of the season, batting .294 while averaging six runs per outing

Byron Kerr: LaRoche, Rendon find several ways to beat the Marlins
A veteran not known for his speed getting that extra base. A young player returning to his collegiate position making a big defensive play. Both combine for big hits. All are a part of the Nationals' 5-0 victory over the Marlins on Tuesday night.

Miami Marlins Install Putting Green Style Outfield Grass - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Marlins Park has new grass in the outfield that appears to be as fast as a putting green.

On first trip, Marlins face tests against NL East | marlins.com: News
A promising 5-2 homestand to open the year gave the Marlins a big boost of confidence. How the young club responds against National League East rivals, however, will dictate how its season goes.

WASHINGTON: Miami Marlins’ Derek Dietrich unhappy about favorable scoring change - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com
Second baseman Derek Dietrich had one of his three fielding errors expunged from his stat sheet, and he's not pleased about it.

Marlins fan pays it forward when returning wallet lost on Opening Day | FOX Sports on MSN
A Marlins fan pays it forward after returning a wallet lost at a game with an extra $20 dollars and a note.

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia put on a show - Chicago Tribune
The first home run of Jose Abreu's major league career sailed through the Colorado air and just over the left field fence at Coors Field in the seventh inning against the Rockies on Tuesday night, and the new White Sox first baseman celebrated at the plate with a pair of fist bumps to his teammates and a finger pointing at the sky.

Ryan Braun hits first three home runs of season as Brewers top Phillies | The Strike Zone - SI.com
What better way to answer an opposing fan calling you a cheater than by giving your team a 4-1 lead with a three-run bomb? How about by hitting your second homer of the season in your next at-bat? That’s exactly what Braun did, coming to the plate in the fourth and blasting a solo homer to right-center. He wasn’t done though, crushing his third homer in the eighth inning to give the Brewers a 10-4 lead.

Wilton Lopez Makes a Bad Night Worse in Colorado Rockies' 15-3 Loss - Rox Pile
The Colorado Rockies were crushed 15-3 by the White Sox, with Wilton Lopez giving up six runs in the eighth inning after Franklin Morales was hit hard.

Reds' Mat Latos scratched from rehab start
Cincinnati Reds starter Mat Latos has been scratched from his rehab start for Class AAA Louisville at Columbus on Tuesday.

Bartolo Colon Dominant, Mets Shut out Braves, 4-0 - ABC News
Bartolo Colon combined with two relievers on an eight-hitter, Ruben Tejada drove in two runs with two hits and the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 on Tuesday night.

Omar Infante leaves game after being hit in head with pitch - SBNation.com
Royals second baseman Omar Infante was struck in the head by a pitch from Tampa Bay's Heath Bell on Monday night.

Yor-DAAAAAAAAAAA-no! "
Only bad or unambitious writers call something "indescribable" or "hard to put into words," but the medium has limitations, and those limitations prevent me from talking about how exciting Yordano Ventura is without relying on such crutches.

Adam Jones of Baltimore Orioles lashes out at fans who ran on field - ESPN

Adam Jones didn't mince words about the two fans who ran onto the field during the Orioles' 14-5 win over the Yankees on Tuesday.

FROM FISH STRIPES:

Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals: Late homer fuels Nats past Marlins in 10-7 loss - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins fell to the Washington Nationals 10-7 on Wednesday night. Jayson Werth hit a grand slam to give Washington the lead in the eighth inning.

Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals: Fish hapless in 5-0 shutout - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins failed to capitalize on the few offensive opportunities that they had, while and the Washington Nationals took advantage of Henderson Alvarez and the Fish with two outs multiple times, leading to the 5-0 loss.

Fish Bites: Early Season Success - Fish Stripes

On the latest edition of Fish Bites, we examine Miami's early season success from multiple different angles.

Nathan Eovaldi somehow generating strikeouts - Fish Stripes

Nathan Eovaldi has almost exclusively relied on two pitches so far this season. How has he racked up 14 strikeouts in 13 innings of work as a result? The answer is reminiscent of an old Marlins name.

Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton looking to maximize productivity - Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton was notably effective during the first week of the season, and is confident he can continue to be successful moving forward. Stanton posted 12 RBIs against the Rockies and Padres.

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