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Austin Dean’s first home run of the season not enough to slow down the Nationals

Max Scherzer held the Fish at bay and the Nationals bullpen did not implode against the Fish.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Marlins got beat around by the Nats tonight. The offense was on display throughout the game for the Nats. The Fish was not able to keep up. Max Scherzer did his thing, and Dan Straily struggled some what. It was another long game for the Fish.

Dan Straily: 6 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
Max Scherzer: 6 IP, 5 H, 0, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

The Nats started the offense off tonight in the second inning. Dan “the man” Straily gave up a solo shot to Ryan Zimmerman. The 90 mile per hour pitch caught way to much of the plate and Zimmerman sent it flying. The offense sadly continued throughout the game for the Nats.

The third inning the Nats were back at it again, this time only scoring one run. Dan Straily limited the scoring by striking Juan Soto out with the bases loaded to end the inning. Straily who had already hit a batter in the inning was all locked in on Soto. The big strike out looked like there was better things to come.

The next inning sadly again led to some runs for the Nats. Straily gave up a homer to Matt Wieters and followed that up with back to back doubles. The worst part was Scherzer hit the first double and ended up scoring (his second scored run of the night).

The Nats scored another run in the fifth. The Fish would finally get on the board in the seventh inning. The new rookie call up, Austin Dean got his first hit and lucky for him it was a home run. J.T. Riddle would then get on base and with Miguel Rojas pinch hitting would be driven home on a single, 5-2 Nats.

The Fish after having a good inning went back to giving up runs. After some aggressive base running by Harper and some shenanigans, the Nats scored three runs. The offense of the Nats were too much for the Fish to handle. The Fish were able to beat up the Nats weak bullpen but it was not nearly enough.

**Side Note, With a runner in scoring position pitch number 7 was called strike three to end the inning.

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Probably Pitching Matchup

Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Dan Straily Marlins 97.2 4.42 5.4 7.83 -0.2
Max Scherzer Nationals 168.2 2.19 2.63 12.11 5.6
Courtesy of Fangraphs

Today's Lineups

Rafael Ortega - RF Adam Eaton - RF
J.T. Realmuto - C Trea Turner - SS
Brian Anderson - 3B Bryce Harper - CF
Derek Dietrich - 1B Anthony Rendon - 3B
Starlin Castro - 2B Juan Soto - LF
Austin Dean - LF Ryan Zimmerman - 1B
JT Riddle - SS Daniel Murphy - 2B
Magneuris Sierra - CF Matt Wieters - C
Dan Straily - RHP Max Scherzer - RHP

Matchup Summary:

Max Scherzer will be on the mound tonight. That really is all that is needed to be said. The man has a 2.19 ERA on his way towards another CY Young award. The Nationals are still fighting for a wildcard spot so they do have something to play for.

The Fish on the other hand are in a race to the bottom. They currently have the fifth worst record in the majors. So both teams could really help each other out this series.

Dan Straily will be pitching tonight for the Fish. His last start against the Mets was not a good one. This season has not been particularly nice to Straily and tonight will probably be no different. First pitch 7:05 p.m.

Game Thread Question:

Should Max Scherzer or Jacob deGrom win the CY Young?