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Marlins miss key opportunities in loss to Nationals

Nats take game two of the series by a score of 8-3.

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Tonight’s game in our nation’s capital was intended to be a bounce back after Monday night’s thrashing courtesy of Max Scherzer.

However, the Fish couldn’t make it happen tonight, and they continue to show us just how many pieces they lack to be a true contending team. Meanwhile, they’re still in the hunt for a potential Wild Card bid.

Tonight had a lot of things going against the Marlins. Trea Turner returned from a 51-game stint on the DL, Anthony Rendon decided to go off (4-for-4), and Vance Worley gave up five runs on nine hits in 4 1⁄3 innings tonight. HOWEVER, Giancarlo Stanton did in fact hit his 51st home run of the season in the top of the first!

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(I’m pretty sure this is 51 #StantonSmash-es. I just Command+V’ed while counting out loud. Don’t @ me if I’m incorrect...I’m not the math guy.)

While #27 was glorious tonight, his fellow fish were struggling. Of the Marlins three runs, Stanton was responsible for two of them: the aforementioned home run and a sacrifice fly to center to drive in Dee Gordon in the fifth inning. Dee was (vaguely) responsible for the third run of the night, after reaching first on a bunt grounder error that drove in Miguel Rojas in the seventh.

The Marlins then had the bases loaded with nobody out trailing 5-3 after Stanton was intentionally walked, but couldn’t get it done. Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, and J.T. Realmuto all failed to bring a run home against Washington’s bullpen.

While the offense fizzled out tonight in the rain, the lack of umph from Worley or support from the bullpen (AKA baseball’s Island of Misfit Toys) were the primary issues.

Most notably, Worley was unable to find a strong breaking ball and seemed to be struggling with his control throughout the off-and-on rain tonight. Also, his recent and severe struggle with pitching to opposing pitchers is bizarre and unfortunate in the National League.

Vance Worley’s Line: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 Ks, 71 P, 46 S, 4/3 GO/FO

Meanwhile, Jarlin Garcia got Worley out of a jam in the fifth and worked through the sixth with no issues. Junichi Tazawa did, however, have issues. He quickly proceeded to load the bases and allow an Anthony Rendon double to center that scored Daniel Murphy, Ryan Zimmerman, and Adam Lind. This would bring the game to the eventual final score of 8-3.

While Brian Ellington looked sharp in the 8th, I really need Nationals Nation (??) to reconsider yawping Dooooo everytime Shawn Shaun Sean Doolittle is closing out a game. Doing the Doo is something I’d rather really don’t doo...dammit.

Courtesy of Fangraphs

Adam Conley (6-5, 5.17 ERA, 59 K) takes on Stephen Strasburg (10-4, 3.10 ERA, 156 K) at 4:05 p.m. tomorrow at Nationals Park.