Hero of the Game: Hah, that's a funny one
Goat of the Game: Wade LeBlanc (+0.366 Win Probability Subtracted, props to the game thread crew for the positive thinking!)
Play of the Game: Tyler Moore singled to left field in the first inning. Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond scored (+0.080 Win Probability Subtracted! Positives!)
The Miami Marlins put their fans through another difficult game to watch, as the Fish were taken out of the game early and eventually blown out by the Washington Nationals 10-3. The Nationals jumped on top of Marlins starter Wade LeBlanc, who pitched well in his first two starts before being rattled by the Nationals for seven runs in just 3 2/3 innings pitched. The Nationals' first six hitters reached base on five hits and one walk as LeBlanc gave up a staggering four runs in the first inning. The Marlins were lucky enough to get away with just four runs, as the Nationals' Bryce Harper was thrown out at third base by Chris Coghlan (one of his two outfield assists); the inning could have easily gone into five or six runs had the Fish not pulled out that one out.
LeBlanc in total struck out four of his 21 batters faced, continuing his trend to force strikeouts. He also allowed two walks, which was an acceptable, if not a bit large, total. Surprisingly, despite the number of runs he allowed, he did not give up a home run. This is especially strange given the fact that LeBlanc is a classic fly ball pitcher. The lone home run of the game went to Ryan Zimmerman against long reliever John Maine.
The Marlins' offense was not entirely at fault in this one, but they did not perform well versus Jordan Zimmermann of the Nationals. The Fish walked once and drew a hit-by-pitch as well, but they also struck out six times and only collected six hits. The Marlins' only "big" inning came in the sixth inning, when Juan Pierre hit a double to drive in Donovan Solano and later scored on a Chris Coghlan single. In the eighth, the Fish forced themselves aboard with three straight hits, including an RBI single by Rob Brantly. They eventually loaded the bases, only to see Pierre ground into a fielder's choice to end the inning.
The Marlins will look to forget this awful outing tomorrow night, as they send Alex Sanabia up to the hill to hopefully do better than he did last time.