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Following a brief stretch of impressive play, the Miami Marlins have seemingly returned to typical Marlins fashion, dropping a four-game series to the division rival Nationals.
Led by Stephen Strasburg’s two-run outing, the Washington Nationals bested the Fish 13-3 at home for their third victory in a row.
The scoring began in the first inning, when Jayson Werth’s two-run double contributed to a three-run frame.
After settling down, Marlins starter Justin Nicolino suffered a difficult sixth inning, where he and Scott McGough surrendered seven runs. Miami’s offense failed to come back from the large deficit, marking their third loss in a row.
The Marlins had kicked off September with a spurt of excellence, owning the best record in baseball in September for a short period of time. The Fish may have returned to their dismal selves this weekend, but a third place finish with an impressive September record doesn’t harm the team whatsoever.
From Around the Web:
Dan Jennings relishing being Marlins’ manager — Daniel Smith, Fishstripes
Go back to the 18th of May and Dan Jennings’ name was pasted all over the headlines. The Marlins, sporting a record of 16-22, had assigned their general manager with the task of becoming their new manager after firing Mike Redmond due to a rough start to the season. The Marlins were the laughingstock of baseball, and it had a lot to do with Jennings’ lack of any professional coaching experience.
Fast-forward four months, and, well, the team has actually fared better under their new skipper. However, the Fish dropped out of the playoff picture long ago and Dan Jennings holds a professional record of 47-61. The Fish have heated up in September, winning ten of fourteen games, but this will not save Jennings’ managerial career. He looks set to return to the suit job from whence he came as the organization seeks a more experienced and permanent replacement. (Read More Here)
Pitching disappoints again as Marlins fall to Nationals — Clark Spencer, Miami Herald
Dan Jennings second-guessed his decision to stick with Brad Hand “a batter or two” too long on Saturday. Jennings might have had that same gnawing feeling on Sunday when he allowed Justin Nicolino to continue in a make-or-break moment.
That decision backfired, too.
With two outs in the sixth inning and the Marlins down 4-2, Nicolino coughed up a 3-run homer to Tyler Moore that all but sealed their fate in a 13-3 beat-down to Washington. (Read More Here)
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