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The Marlins kept up their hot play last night, taking the first contest 6-4 in a three game series against the Nationals in Washington.
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Miami was led by another strong offensive performance, highlighted by homers off the bats of Martin Prado and Justin Bour. However, Jarred Cosart stood as the foundation for the Fish last night, limiting the Nats to just two runs over six innings.
Cosart has impressed in his return to the team. After solving the 25-year-old’s injury mystery, the Marlins have figured out a role for Cosart. And he’s responded, firing 15.2 innings allowing just three runs since his return.
A good sign for the young righty came in his pitch count, which topped at 105 last night. While his stamina hasn’t necessarily been effected, Cosart’s command continues to waver. His three walks in last night’s matchup mark the eighth time in Cosart’s twelve 2015 starts in which he’s walked three batters.
The bullpen took over, and to no surprise, Kyle Barraclough and A.J. Ramos fired scoreless outings. The pitchers in between (Brian Ellington, Mike Dunn) each suffered an earned run, but the Marlins were able to hold on.
This win against the Nationals marks Miami’s eleventh win of September, tying them with the Dodgers for MLB’s best record this month.
From Around the Web:
Miami Marlins’ players believe 2016 club would be better with Marcell Ozuna on roster — Scott Gelman, Fishstripes
Miami might consider moving Marcell Ozuna this winter but several of his teammates want to see him stay. Ozuna has struggled throughout the course of 2015, but according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, several players “have expressed the team would be better next year with Ozuna staying.”
It has been a notable season for Ozuna, who opened the season as the Marlins’ starting center fielder. After a few months, he was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans while in the midst of a slump and did not return until August 15. Before being demoted, Ozuna was batting .249 with four doubles and 26 RBIs over 79 contests. (Read More Here)
Marlins beat Nats 6-4, AP
WASHINGTON (AP) Justin Bour and Martin Prado homered for the second straight game and the Miami Marlins dented the Washington Nationals’ fading playoff hopes with a 6-4 win Thursday night.
The Nationals, opening their 11-game final homestand, fell eight games behind the idle New York Mets in the NL East.
Ian Desmond homered, singled and drove in four runs for Washington, which had won four straight.
Tanner Roark (4-6) took the loss, allowing six runs and eight hits over five innings.
Jarred Cosart (2-4) turned in his third straight productive effort since being recalled from the minors. He gave up two runs and three hits in six innings, walking three and striking out four. (Read More Here)
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