The Marlins lost to the Nationals 7-3, in a rainy night game. The water hampered both starters who were not at their best last night. The offense on the other hand did not slow down, especially for the Nationals.
Sandy Alcántara: 4 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 2 HR
Stephen Strasburg: 4IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 0 HR
Sandy Alcántara was not at his sharpest last night, but neither was Strasburg. There were plenty of baserunners for the Nats last night and it hurt Alcántara. He had a rough first inning, starting the game with a walk to Adam Eaton. The Nats then followed this up with back to back doubles making it 2-1.
Alcántara would continue to give up multiple walks and hits throughout his start. He was able to weave in and out of baserunners until the fourth inning. The offense again started with a walk and would finish with back to back home runs. The pitches came across too much of the plate and the batters jumped on it. He would finish the fourth inning but was done after that,
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The Fish’s offense was not quiet all night. They actually started the offense in the game but could not keep up with the volume of runs the Nats had. J.T. Riddle started the first inning off with a single. Miguel Rojas then doubled in the run. The aggressiveness against Strasburg to start off the game was nice to see.
The Fish would score another run in the fifth. After a throwing error allowed J.T. Realmuto on base, the Fish followed this up with back to back singles. Brian Anderson brought home Realmuto, but by then it was already 6-2.
The Fish would score another run in the seventh inning. These isolated runs were not enough to keep up with the Nats scoring in bunches. The Fish had six hits on the night, while the Nats had nine. The weather did not cooperate last night and tonight will be a 50/50 chance of storms. Jeff Brigham will take on the big dog Max Scherzer tonight.
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Probable Pitching Matchup
|JT Riddle - SS||Adam Eaton - RF|
|Miguel Rojas - 2B||Trea Turner - SS|
|J.T. Realmuto - C||Bryce Harper - CF|
|Peter O'Brien - 1B||Anthony Rendon - 3B|
|Brian Anderson - 3B||Juan Soto - LF|
|Lewis Brinson - CF||Ryan Zimmerman - 1B|
|Austin Dean - LF||Matt Wieters - C|
|Magneuris Sierra - RF||Wilmer Difo - 2B|
|Sandy Alcantara - RHP||S. Strasburg - RHP|
The Marlins will embark on their final road trip of the season. They will be facing the Nationals, then the Mets, and finally one game against the Pirates (sadly). The long season is finally dwindling down. The Fish will look to next season for redemption, and hopefully progress.
The Fish have the pleasure of taking on Stephen Strasburg to kick off the series. Strasburg has had a solid season, albeit injury plagued. Strasburg is coming off of a long string of great starts. He struck out 11 in his last start over six innings. So this being baseball the Fish should do some damage tonight.
The Fish will have Sandy Alcántara on the mound opposing Strasburg. His last start was also against the Nationals. He did not fare so well, so hopefully this game will be a bounce back. While both teams are out of the playoffs far and away, the Nats still have been hitting. They will take their bats against Alcántara’s stuff tonight.
Game Thread Question:
Will Bryce Harper be a Nat next year?