Having won their first two series of the year, losing wasn't something that the Miami Marlins were familiar with heading into Washington with a 5-2 record. After struggling to score runs on Tuesday night and giving up a lead on Wednesday night, the Marlins fell to the Nationals 7-1 on Thursday afternoon and were swept for the first time in 2014.
Coming off of a win against the Padres, Tom Koehler ran into trouble in the third inning. Koehler walked Anthony Rendon with two outs, and Jayson Werth hit his second home run of the series to make it a 2-0 contest early.
In six innings, Koehler gave up five hits and two runs while walking two and striking out six Nationals. For a lineup that knocked Brad Hand and Kevin Slowey around in the middle innings last night, Koehler was effective in limiting the damage.
Making his first start against the Marlins in 2014, Nationals right-hander Steven Strasburg shut down Miami's lineup, which scored seven runs on Wednesday.
Aside from a one-out home run off the bat of Marcell Ozuna, Strasburg methodically retired the Marlins' lineup. Over his six and two third innings, Strasburg struck out twelve. The Marlins were 0-5 with runners in scoring position, and Ozuna, Yelich, and Koehler were the only three Marlins to get hits.
Mike Dunn pitched a scoreless inning in relief, but Arquimedes Caminero struggled in the eighth inning, during which the Nationals added five more runs. Rendon, Werth, and Adam LaRoche all reached base before Bryce Harper drove in a run with a walk and Ian Desmond cleared the bases with Washington's second grand slam in as many nights.
Rafael Soriano pitched an uneventful ninth to secure the sweep for the Nationals.
Hero of The Game: Marcell Ozuna (.080 WPA)
Goat of The Game: Arquimedes Caminero (-.122 WPA)
Play of The Game: Jayson Werth homered in the third inning to give the Nationals an early 2-0 lead. (.228 WPA)