The Marlins were shutout Saturday afternoon in a 5-0 loss to the Nationals. Patrick Corbin pitched a complete game, and held the Fish to just four hits. Sandy Alcántara had an implosion inning, and the rest was history.
Sandy Alcántara: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Patrick Corbin: 9 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB,5 K
The Fish and Nats started off the game quietly enough. The Fish had stranded singles in both the first and second innings. Harold Ramírez was able to extend his hitting streak to five games.
HIT STREAK EXTENDED @Marlins outfielder Harold Ramirez singles to right as he extends his hit streak to 5 games and gives the Marlins a runner on base!— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) May 25, 2019
Watch all of the action live NOW on FOX Sports Florida and FOX Sports Go!#JuntosMiami #MLB pic.twitter.com/a9tRVijbbX
Meanwhile, Alcántara was mowing through the Nats lineup without much issue. He had back to back 1-2-3 innings to start his afternoon.
The first sign of trouble came in the third inning. Alcántara has been notoriously bad when it comes to the third inning. His earned run average for the third inning was at 12.00, and he had given up 19 hits.
Victor Robles started the inning off with a double. Yan Gomes followed this up with a 5-pitch walk. Luckily for Alcántara, Corbin was up next. He was able to strike him out on 3 pitches. With only one out in the inning the Fish got Trea Turner to ground into a double play.
‼️ DOUBLE PLAY ‼️@Marlins get out of trouble again keeping it scoreless through three.#JuntosMiami #MLB pic.twitter.com/OI64seZmx5— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) May 25, 2019
Now that the trouble was behind him, everything looked to be smooth sailing...or so we thought. The next inning turned into everything that the last inning could’ve been.
The Nats started off the fourth with two bloop singles. The Marlins caught Adam Eaton over-running second base, tagging him out in the process. But the Nats were far from done.
This slide is a cheat code and proves that Soto is The Juan.#TheMatrix // #OnePursuit pic.twitter.com/55R5RnyIep— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 25, 2019
Juan Soto scored the first run with a single to right field. Matt Adams was walked next, and a wild pitch moved up the base runners to second and third. Brian Dozier then hit into a fielder’s choice to third baseman Brian Anderson. With Soto running home, Anderson's throw was wide left, allowing the run to score. Robles was then hit by a pitch that thankfully just grazed by his cheek.
Gomes was next with the bases loaded. He swung at the first pitch sending it down the foul line past first base. The ball looked like it was going to be foul without a doubt, until it was not and all three runners reached home safely. That was a total of 5 runs in this one inning. Alcántara finished the inning, but the 5 runs were more than enough for the Nats.
Miami’s bats were held in check by the Nats. Two of the four hits were by Ramirez. Miguel Rojas and Garrett Cooper had the other two hits.
The Fish do not want to start an extended losing streak now. They will have ace Caleb Smith on the mound against Erick Fedde, game time 1:35 ET.
Marlins vs. Nationals box score (MLB.com)
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