It was "Bark at the Park" Friday night at Sun Life Stadium as the Marlins kicked off a three-game series with Washington, and other than the hot dogs, there wasn’t a whole lot for man’s best friends to wag their tails about.
That is, unless the mangy canines were fans of Ryan Zimmerman and the Nationals.
Ricky Nolasco was on the hill for the Fish, and the Marlins were reunited with former teammate Scott Olsen, who had the ball for the Nats.
As a "welcome home" present, the Marlins treated Ollie to some very lousy play.
Coming off of two fantastic starts on the road, Ricky Nolasco struggled from the get-go. After he recorded two outs in the top of the first, Ryan Zimmerman went deep with a solo shot to put the Nats on the board. Adam Dunn followed the blast with a triple, and Josh Willingham showed some love to his former team when he singled him in to make it 2-0.
Zimmerman, who gave the Fish fits all night, struck again in the top of the third, hitting his second home run of the game.
After a pair of doubles in the fourth gave the Nationals a five-run lead, Ricky’s night on the mound was over. He exited the game after giving up five runs in just four innings—his shortest outing of the season.
Clay Hensley took over for Ricky in the 5th, and tossed three scoreless innings in relief, striking out seven, but the Fish couldn’t manage to get anything done against Ollie. Scott tossed six solid innings, allowing five hits and striking out four.
Coghlan finished the game 2-for-4 with a walk, and Cantu was 3-for-4 with an RBI, but it was an otherwise stale night for the Fish offensively.
They had base runners in every inning but the fifth, but couldn’t put anything together until the seventh inning, when they finally got on the board against Brian Bruney. With two out, Chris Coghlan and Hanley Ramirez singled, and Jorge Cantu drove Cogz in with an RBI infield single that deflected off of Zimmerman’s glove.
In the ninth, the Nationals added two runs off of Renyel Pinto, who gave up three hits and a walk in his inning of work. In the bottom of the inning, Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla singled, but as had happened all night long, they were left stranded on base.
For the first time this season, the Fish have lost three in a row.