The Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals traded punches for nine innings in our nation’s capital on Thursday night. The Nats finished on top by a 14-12 final count in front of a partisan crowd of 24,314.
Martin Prado reached first base on a fielding error by Anthony Rendon in the first inning, allowing Derek Dietrich to score a two-out run. In the second, Realmuto hit a two-run single, Bour added an RBI-single, and Prado hit his first home run in over a year, a three-run shot. It came off the bat at 101.4 MPH, at a 24° angle and traveled 374 feet into the left field foul pole. The shot gave the Miami Marlins a 7-0 second inning lead.
Nobody scored in the third inning, or the ninth for that matter, but multiple runs crossed the plate in every other inning but the first. In the fourth, the Marlins notched two more on Bour’s 14th of the season. It was struck at a 29° degree angle and traveled at 103.1 MPH for 403 feet into left-center field.
In the fifth, Lopez loaded the bases with no outs before striking out Pedro Severino. He then issued a walk to Adam Eaton to make it 9-2. Turner added an RBI-groundout, then Juan Soto hit a two-run double.
Adam Conley (2-1, 3.66) relieved Lopez to pitch the sixth, still with a four-run advantage. In 2/3 of an inning, Conley surrendered five runs on two hits and four walks. One of the hits was Turner’s 11th homer of the season, a grand slam.
Now trailing 10-9, the Marlins inserted Dillon Peters to pitch the seventh. Peters surrendered another four runs in the inning, on five hits and a pair of walks.
Down by five runs, Anderson blistered a 410-foot shot off Nats reliever Kelvin Herrera at 107.6 MPH.
…but that was all the offense the Marlins could muster. The game ended with Miami still trailing by two, 14-12.
- Lopez, in his second MLB start, struck out three and gave up five runs on five hits and a pair of walks. He had started out pretty good – allowing only one hit through three innings and just that plus a solo shot in the fourth. It got away from him in his final frame, in which four-of-five baserunners crossed the plate. He finished with a GameScore of 38, after having put 56-of-83 pitches in the strikezone. He also allowed only one-of-nine balls in play for outs in the air.
- Conley took his first loss of the season with his sixth-inning performance. It lasted 35 pitches, with 20 of those failing to cross the plate.
- Drew Rucinski came in to finish the sixth, collecting the final out on two pitches.
- Peters, who was called up yesterday after Miami’s bullpen was wore out from that 16-inning game earlier this week, was also racked. He allowed seven baserunners in two innings, and only struck out one batter.
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- Prado’s home run was his first since April 27th of last year. He is currently sitting at 98 career home runs. The homer was his only hit of the game.
- Derek Dietrich was two-for-five with a walk and three runs scored. He’s up to .289 for the season.
- Anderson was two-for-four with two runs and three RBI. He’s now at .284.
- Realmuto raised his average to an NL-sixth .310 with a two-for-four game, with a pair of runs and two batted in.
- Bour also finished two-for-four with two runs and three RBI, with a walk.
- Starlin Castro, who pinch hit late in the game and stayed in as a defensive replacement, was two-for-two to raise his average to .296.
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