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Marlins complete biggest comeback of the season, beat the Nationals 8-5

The young bats were working tonight, and Starlin Castro brought the power.

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The Marlins won in what was their biggest comeback of the season. Down four runs they would put production into overdrive and score 8. The defense was working and the young bats came together for this win.

Trevor Richards did not have the bounce back game we were hoping. He did not last long, pitching only five innings and giving up five runs. Richards also gave up two no doubt home runs to Victor Robles and Anthony Rendon.

While there was plenty left to be desired, Richards was tallying up strikeouts. He was able to pull the string twice on Bryce Harper and even struck out Juan Soto. This was not his worst showing but there are clear improvements to be made. Luckily for the Fish their bullpen held it together for the rest of the game, only giving up one run.

The offense came alive in yesterdays contest and it was great to see. While more loses mean better draft picks, it is so hard not to root for some solid offense from the Fish. The Fish only racked up 9 hits but they were well timed.

The offense started in the fifth inning after already being down 4-0. Austin Dean and Magneuris Sierra started off the inning with walks. Starlin Castro came up and knocked both of them home with a double making it 4-2.

The next inning was even better for the Fish. Lewis Brinson, Miguel Rojas and Austin Dean each got back to back to back singles to load up the bases. Sierra was up to bat next and he did what we were all expecting. He smashed a grand slam single to right field, scoring in two more runs. The Fish then scored on a balk to top off the inning.

Brinson scored the go ahead run in the seventh inning with the bases loaded. Rojas would then hit a sacrifice fly to score another run making it 7-5 Fish. Castro finished off the offensive night for the Fish with a solo shot in the next inning. He was the man last night with three runs batted in, two hits, and a walk. This one was a solid victory for the Fish.

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Probable Pitching Matchup

Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Trevor Richards Marlins 107.2 4.85 4.27 8.94 0.9
Erick Fredde Nationals 38.2 5.12 4.37 8.15 0.3
Courtesy of Fangraphs

Today's Lineups

Victor Robles - CF Starlin Castro - 2B
Trea Turner - SS Brian Anderson - 3B
Bryce Harper - RF J.T. Realmuto - C
Anthony Rendon - 3B Peter O'Brien - 1B
Juan Soto - LF Lewis Brinson - CF
Ryan Zimmerman - 1B Miguel Rojas - SS
Wilmer Difo - 2B Austin Dean - LF
Spencer Kieboom - C Magneuris Sierra - RF
Erick Fedde - RHP Trevor Richards - RHP

Matchup Summary:

The Marlins will be taking on the Nationals in a quick two game set. The Fish are coming off of a win against the Phillies, which does not happen very often anymore. The Nationals are coming off a three game series against the Braves, in which they won two of the games.

Trevor Richards will be on the mound for the Fish tonight. He has been going through a rough patch. In his last three starts he has had over a 4.50 earned run average in each game. They were tough opponents Richards faced, but the Nationals should also put up a fight.

Erick Fredde will start for the Nationals. He is coming off a fantastic start against the Phills, in which he pitched 5.2 innings and struck out 9. The Marlins offense has been mixed this past week, so we will see if Richards gets any support.

Game Thread Question:

Will the Nationals bounce back next season or will they struggle like this season?