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Marlins 10, Nats 2: “Small ball” at its finest

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With his first career All-Star selection pending, J.T. Realmuto recorded a personal-best five hits and the Fish singled their way to victory.

Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

A well-rounded offensive attack and near-perfection from the bullpen were key in the Marlins’ 10-2 win on Sunday afternoon. They avoided the sweep and recorded a season-high 22 hits en route to the victory.

  • Trevor Richards: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 7 BB, 5 K (87 pitches)
  • Tanner Roark: 4.0 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K (102 pitches)

With Trevor Richards lacking his using control, J.T. Realmuto and company provided more than enough run support by not trying to do too much.

Miami never trailed in this game, taking a 3-0 lead in the second inning when Cameron Maybin and Realmuto both had RBI singles. The Nationals would cut the lead to 3-2 by the third, but that’s the closest they would ever get.

After a JT Riddle RBI single in the fourth, the Marlins opened the floodgates. Derek Dietrich and Realmuto both had RBI singles in the seventh, followed by four more runs of insurance in the ninth.

Martín Prado went 4-for-6, Riddle went 3-for-6 with two RBI, and Justin Bour went 2-for-5 with two RBI. Five relievers combined to allow no runs in 5 13 innings. Adam Conley picked up the win, working two hitless innings with four strikeouts.

The Marlins now close out the first half of the season with a homestand against the division-leading Brewers and Phillies. Probable starters for Monday are José Ureña and Chase Anderson. First pitch approximately 7:10pm.

July 8, 2018 win probability chart
Courtesy of FanGraphs

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7/8/18 Probable Starters

Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Trevor Richards Marlins 53.0 5.26 3.94 8.15 0.7
Tanner Roark Nationals 105.2 4.60 4.57 7.50 0.5
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Today's Lineups

MIAMI MARLINS WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Derek Dietrich - LF Adam Eaton - RF
Brian Anderson - RF Trea Turner - SS
J.T. Realmuto - C Juan Soto - LF
Justin Bour - 1B Bryce Harper - CF
Starlin Castro - 2B Mark Reynolds - 3B
Martin Prado - 3B Matt Adams - 1B
JT Riddle - SS Daniel Murphy - 2B
Cameron Maybin - CF Spencer Kieboom - C
Trevor Richards - RHP Tanner Roark - RHP

Matchup Summary

An evening to forget, but at least the Marlins made it through with only three pitchers used and without calling upon Brian Anderson, who got a much-needed rest.

Tanner Roark faces the Fish for the 23rd time in his career (17th start), while Trevor Richards has the element of surprise on his side. However, Trea Turner and Mark Reynolds—offensive stars from Thursday and Saturday, respectively—are back in the lineup with the Nationals seeking a sweep.

After leaving town later this afternoon, the Marlins won’t play again on the road until July 20.

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