The Marlins got blown out tonight in Washington as the Nationals, behind a stellar night from Ryan Zimmerman, defeated Miami 10-1. Zimmerman went 4-4 with 2 homers and 5 RBI on the night, just missing a triple to complete the cycle.
Zimmerman’s main victim was Miami starter Adam Conley. The Nationals first baseman hit a solo homer to left in the second inning to open the scoring, followed by an RBI double in the third, and am RBI single in the fifth.
Zimmerman had 3 hits and 3 RBIs off Conley, while Bryce Harper and Howie Kendrick also had RBIs off of Conley tonight.
Conley threw 94 pitches over only 5 innings, giving up 5 runs on 11 hits and 3 walks in the process. In July Conley went 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP over three starts. The rest of the season however, Conley has a 2-4 record with a 7.15 ERA. Sadly for Miami, tonight was an all too familiar outcome for the lefty hurler.
In relief, Hunter Cervenka would give up 2 runs, and Harvey Guerra gave up 3 more, including a two-run opposite field line drive homer to Zimmerman, as the Nationals would increase their lead to 10-1, which would be the final score.
On the mound for the Nationals, Gio Gonzales was wild in the strike zone early; getting balls up and over the plate while missing with his curve ball being less sharp than usual. However, Gonzales was able work out of trouble in the first four innings while giving up only one run on a single by Ichiro in fourth inning to plate Derek Dietrich.
Gonzales settled in after that, hitting his spots and becoming increasingly efficient. He went a total of seven strong innings giving up only the single run, scattering 7 hits while giving up no walks and fanning 6.
Ichiro went 3 for 4 and Tyler Moore went 2 for 3 to lead the offense. The Marlins had 7 hits on the night, all singles.
The Marlins will look for a split, as these two teams close out their four game set Thursday night at 7:05, with Dan Straily facing off against Tanner Roark in the finale.
Turning Point: Zimmerman’s (first) homer which set the stage for his monster night.
King Fish: Well, for the Marlins, you’d have to say Ichiro who had three hits and the lone RBI for the Fish.
Flounder: Adam Conley