Tonight, Washington defeated Miami behind another stellar performance from their pitching staff. The Nationals got the scoring started immediately in the first inning. Ryan Zimmerman doubled to center, and that drove in Anthony Rendon, and Washington was out to a quick, 1-0 lead.
It isn’t a baseball game without Bryce Harper doing damage right? Well you’re correct, as Harper doubled to center driving in Joe Ross, and Washington had a 2-0 lead. In the top of the fifth, Washington theoretically put it away, as Michael Taylor homered to center, which gave Washington the decisive 3-0 lead.
Miami wasn’t going to get shutout, as Derek Dietrich homered to right, to cut the lead to 3-1. Perhaps that was just a consolation prize for not being shutout, as the run didn’t change the outcome of the game. Washington used a combined pitching effort to shut down the Marlins, (again).
Joe Ross had to exit after just 2.0 innings, but Yusmeiro Petit came to the rescue. He pitched 4.0 innings, striking out three, and he only gave up 2 hits. Johnathan Papelbon got the save for the Nationals.
Wei-Yin Chen was on the hill for the Marlins. He had a decent outing, pitching 7.0 innings, allowing six hits and striking out seven, but he took the loss. Giancarlo Stanton continued to struggle, as he went 0-4 with three strikeouts. Christian Yelich went 2-3 with a walk.
For Washington, Daniel Murphy continued his hitting tear, going 2-4. Washington outhit the Marlins, 7-5. The Nationals used a total of five pitchers to mow down the Marlins. Miami has not had much luck against Washington this year, as they may lose their second series against them this year.
Miami will try to avoid another series loss tomorrow, but good luck as Cy Young winner Max Scherzer is on the mound for the Nationals. Tom Koehler will be on the hill for Miami. First pitch is tomorrow at 1:10 EST.
Hero of the Game: Yusmeiro Petit (0.15)
Goat of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton (-0.15)
Play of the Game: Bryce Harper doubles to center, Joe Ross scores (.118)