The Miami Marlins took a tough loss against the Washington Nationals to finish up their abbreviated two-game series. The team started Tom Koehler and had some early troubles, as the Nationals scored a run in the first inning off an Anthony Rendon single and Bryce Harper double. That tied up the contest, as the Fish struck first off of a Giancarlo Stanton single to score Dee Gordon.
The two sides may have been tied for a while until the seventh. Koehler walked four batters during the contest and allowed eight hits in total, including two walks and two hits in that first inning. However, he did limit the damage beyond the first inning and finished with six strikeouts in total, but the difficulties began again in the seventh frame. With Koehler just shy of 100 pitches, Don Mattingly opted to go with his starter once more, but Rendon started things off with a single and Mattingly pulled him in favor of the lefty Chris Narveson.
The remainder of that seventh inning was a series of unfortunate events. Narveson came in to face Harper and Daniel Murphy, two fellow lefties, with Mattingly hoping that Koehler could get through the right-handers and lead the way to Narveson getting the platoon edge. Instead, Narveson allowed a double to Harper and intentionally walked Murphy to load the bases with one out. This brought in Edwin Jackson, who allowed a bloop single to Jayson Werth and a two-run double to Clint Robinson before the inning was over, blowing this into a three-run Nationals lead.
On the Marlins' side, the top of the lineup hit decently, picking up six hits and eight walks during the contest. However, it was only good for two runs, with a solo shot by Christian Yelich in the ninth inning contributing the only other run in the contest. The remaining three starters beyond Martin Prado had just one hit in nine chances. That included a blown opportunity with two outs in the fourth, when Prado tripled but Justin Bour could not deliver the run.
The Marlins get no time off, as they move right on to New York for a three-game series against the New York Mets starting tomorrow night on ESPN and FOX Sports Florida.
Hero of the Game: Tom Koehler (+0.236 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Edwin Jackson (-0.198 WPA)
Play of the Game: Bryce Harper doubled with one out in the seventh inning. Anthony Rendon moved to third. (-0.149 WPA)