The Miami Marlins had to face off against Gio Gonzalez and the division-winning Washington Nationals, but it was not Gonzalez that ended up beating them. Instead, it was Brad Hand and the team's defense that cost them in a critical fourth inning.
Hand and the Fish were cruising early on. Jeff Baker led off the second inning with a single and came home on a Reed Johnson and the Fish had the early lead. And Brad Hand was dominating, having retired the first ten batters he faced. Through three innings, Hand had earned three strikeouts and given up nothing in return. In the fourth, he allowed a single to Anthony Rendon but had picked up two outs. He even had a third out by essentially having Rendon picked off at first, but the Nationals infielder was able to hustle and pick up a base on a mistake on the throw. What followed was a disaster of consecutive hits, both well-struck and lucky. The Nationals blooped and lined their way to five straight hits, including a Kevin Frandsen single that was exacerbated by a missed hop on the relay throw to second base. Adeiny Hechavarria failed to make the grab from the throw in right field by Reed Johnson, which directly led to another run.
By that point, the Nationals were up 5-1 and it was all they needed to get the win. Gonzalez held Miami to two runs on six hits and five strikeouts and no walks in seven innings, and the Fish's only impressive performance was Carter Capps striking out all four batters he faced. Miami takes the 6-2 loss.
Hero of the Game: Reed Johnson (0.119 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Brad Hand (-0.421 WPA)
Play of the Game: Wilson Ramos doubled in the fourth inning. Anthony Rendon scored. (-0.147 WPA)