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Marlins 5, Nationals 0; nearly unhittable Ureña forces series split

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The Fish continue to prove that they can compete with anybody, especially in Miami.

Washington Nationals v Miami Marlins Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

The Marlins typically struggle with the Nationals, but they decided to reverse that trend this weekend. Miami earned a series split by defeating the Nats 5-0 Sunday afternoon, which gave them back-to-back wins against them for the first time since August of 2017.

  • José Ureña: 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K (96 pitches)
  • Jeremy Hellickson: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 4 K (81 pitches)

The Fish were powered by Ureña, who only allowed one hit in six scoreless innings. He finally won at home for the first time all year. Ureña even helped himself in the 2nd, as he singled home Magneuris Sierra to give the Fish a 1-0 lead.

Ureña was helped out a little by the bullpen. The trio of Adam Conley, Brad Ziegler, and Drew Steckenrider combined to allow only one hit and preserved the shutout. Jeremy Hellickson allowed three runs and eight hits in 4 23 innings for the Nats.

Martín Prado had two RBI on the day, including one in a three-run fifth inning to help Miami distance themselves from the Nationals. Prado quietly owns a .813 OPS since returning from the disabled list in early July. That’s right in line with the best single-season marks of his career.

The Marlins were outscored 19-4 in the first two games of the series, but only allowed one run in the final two games. This result dropped the Nationals to a game under .500, forcing their front office to make some tough decisions ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline.

The Marlins (46-61) will start a week-long NL East road trip on Monday. They will travel to Atlanta to face the Braves once again. Wei-Yin Chen starts for Miami and he will be opposed by Julio Teheran.

July 29, 2018 win probability chart
Courtesy of FanGraphs

Attendance: 12,112


7/29/18 Probable Starters

Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Jeremy Hellickson Nationals 68.0 3.44 3.96 6.88 1.0
Jose Urena Marlins 112.2 4.63 3.94 7.43 1.4
FanGraphs

Today's Lineups

NATIONALS MARLINS
Adam Eaton - RF Derek Dietrich - LF
Trea Turner - SS Brian Anderson - RF
Bryce Harper - CF J.T. Realmuto - C
Matt Adams - 1B Justin Bour - 1B
Juan Soto - LF Martin Prado - 3B
Daniel Murphy - 2B JT Riddle - SS
Mark Reynolds - 3B Miguel Rojas - 2B
Spencer Kieboom - C Magneuris Sierra - CF
J. Hellickson - RHP Jose Urena - RHP

Matchup Summary

Coming off a thrilling walk-off win last night, the Marlins will look to split the series with the Nationals, who they’ve historically struggled against. Miami is only 2-8 against the Nats this year, but they can play spoiler to Washington, who are 5 games back in the NL wild card race. José Ureña, who has still yet to win at home, will start for Miami, while Jeremy Hellickson will go for Washington.

Thread Question: Steal any Washington National and make him a Miami Marlin.