Giancarlo Stanton opened up the scoring for the Fish as he often does. After Martin Prado doubled between the right and center fielders, Stanton followed up with his own stand-up double down the left field line, 1-0 Fish. Marcell Ozuna flied out to right deep enough to allow Stanton to tag up and reach 3rd base, and then Justin Bour singled up the middle to bring in Stanton, 2-0 Marlins.
In the sixth inning, Stanton and Ozuna came in with back to back clean singles and Bour again followed up with his own single past a diving Ian Desmond to plate Stanton from 2nd base, 3-0 Marlins. J.T. Realmuto then hit a ball up the middle that resulted in a double-play, but Ozuna was able to score on the play. 4-0 Marlins.
Strasburg's struggles in Miami continued as he didn't look too sharp in this one, exiting after six innings having given up eight hits and four earned runs. Tom Koehler for his part showed much better command this time around, working well with Realmuto in sequencing his pitches and keeping the Nats hitters off guard. He left after seven and a third's innings pitched having given up five hits, one walk and no runs, striking out four on 95 pitches.
The Marlins hitters weren't done scoring, however. Giancarlo Stanton hit a towering homerun to left field making it 5-0 Marlins off of Rafael Martin, and after J.T. Realmuto and Ichiro reached base with respective singles, Adeiny Hechavarria decided he wanted to go yard as well with his own three run shot to left, 8-0 Marlins and the romp was officially on. Hechavarria has now hit safely in 8 straight games.
Dee Gordon flashed the leather a few times, throwing out a baserunner at 1st base from his knees in the third and killing a potential Nationals rally in the fifth with a diving stop and a flip to Adeiny Hechavarria to force Bryce Harper out at 2nd base. Finally, in the seventh Reed Johnson hit a sharp grounder toward 2nd that Gordon had to field through umpire Kerwin Daniel's legs, which he did to set up the double play. Justin Bour also stood out in a positive way on the offensive end, finishing 2-3 with 2 RBI singles and a walk to his credit.
Ichiro received a standing ovation in the ninth as it was announced to the home crowd that he had broken Sadaharu Oh's Japanese runs record.
The Marlins are now 7-11 and continue their climb toward respectability. They will look for the sweep tomorrow against the Nationals at 1:10pm EST.
Hero of the Game: Tom Koehler (+.350)
Goat of the Game: Stephen Strasburg (-.130)
Play of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton doubles in Martin Prado (+.118)