It seems the Marlins were due for a proper rout, as many recent games had us asking “how the heck are we still in this?” Lefty Wade LeBlanc took the mound for the Fish today, and set the tone for the rest of the game, giving up four runs in the first. The beating continued, with Miami down 8-0 before earning their first hit off of Jordan Zimmerman. Zimmerman went the distance and took the win, while LeBlanc took the loss, final score 10-3.
LeBlanc’s first inning blues are nothing new. Before today, the lefty had given up all of his runs of the season in the first frame. After a 1-2-3 second inning, it looked like LeBlanc had settled in and would replicate his first two starts. The rest of LeBlanc’s day would be miserable, at one point giving up three consecutive doubles. He lasted only 3.2 innings, giving up six runs on nine hits.
The Nationals stopped their scoring in the fifth inning, after a Denard Span single scored both Stephen Lombardozzi and Kurt Suzuki. Each non-pitching National in the starting lineup recorded a hit, save for Bryce Harper.
The offense was especially meager today, as Jordan Zimmerman needed only 103 pitches to do away with the Marlins. Miami put up its first run in the sixth inning as Juan Pierre placed a hit just out of reach of the leaping Ryan Zimmermanto score Donovan Solano. Chris Coghlan, who had a multi-hit game, scored Pierre in the next at-bat. The comeback hopes hit their peaked in the seventh inning, after a Rob Brantly single scored Greg Dobbs. Ryan Webb and Jon Rauch put up scoreless frames to finish out the game. Nationals 10, Marlins 3.