May 26, 2014, 10:10 AM EDT
Coming off a series loss against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, the Nationals return home to play the second place Miami Marlins at Nats Park on Memorial Day. The Marlins are a half-game ahead of Washington in the NL East after dropping two of three vs. the Brewers.
The Marlins are a much better team than they were at this point last year, but are one of the worst teams in the majors on the road. They enter the series with a 6-17 mark away from Marlins Park.
Tanner Roark (3-2, 3.42) will go up against Nathan Eovaldi (3-2, 3.41) this afternoon. Eovaldi has yet to face the Nats this season, but has three starts (6.00 ERA) against the franchise in his career. Roark pitched in Miami on April 16 and allowed three earned runs through 6 1/3 innings in a Nationals’ 6-3 win.
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MIAMI MARLINS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184, MLB.com
Weather: Sunny, 83 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to LF
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Nate McLouth
RHP Tanner Roark
LF Christian Yelich
2B Derek Dietrich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
3B Casey McGehee
1B Garrett Jones
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
CF Marcell Ozuna
SS Adeiny Hechevarria
RHP Nathan Eovaldi
HP Fieldin Culbreth (cc)
1B Seth Buckminster
2B Jim Reynolds
3B Brian Knight
1:47 p.m. — The Marlins struck early for a run in the first inning thanks to a double by Stanton and a single in the next at-bat by McGehee. Stanton’s double probably would have been a single if Werth didn’t fall down trying to block the ball as it bounced. Roark threw 18 pitches.
1:55 p.m. — Three up, three down for the Nationals against Eovaldi. He threw 16 pitches.
2:04 p.m. — Roark allowed a leadoff walk to Saltalamacchia, but no runs. Ozuna struck out and Ramos got the double play by throwing Salty out at second on a steal attempt. Hechevarria then ground out to Desmond to end the frame. Roark is at 20 pitches.
2:11 p.m. — It’s still a 1-0 game, though the Nats did finally see some solid contact off Eovaldi. Ramos had the big hit with an opposite field double to right field with one out. Espinosa also got a hold of one, but it went straight to the second baseman for a groundout. Eovaldi has thrown 27 pitches.
2:20 p.m. — Welp, it’s now 3-0 after Stanton’s second at-bat. Dietrich was hit by a pitch with two outs, and Stanton promptly brought him home on a monster home run to center field. The ball bounced off the green wall in center, in a crevice of the stadium the groundskeepers use to store their lawnmowers and equipment. Ball traveled at least 440 feet, I’d surmise.
2:25 p.m. — Nothing going for the Nats in the bottom of the third as Eovaldi continues to look good today. He got Span to ground out for the third out on a 98 mile per hour fastball. Kid is legit.
2:34 p.m. — Ozuna got on with an infield single with two outs, but that was it. Roark has thrown 61 pitches through four. Still 3-1 Marlins. Rendon will lead off next.
2:49 p.m. — The Nationals are still without a run despite getting two men on in the bottom of the fourth. Rendon led off with a walk and two outs later reached third as Ramos’ groundball went through the legs of Dietrich at second. Desmond, though, struck out swinging with runners on the corners to end the frame. Eovaldi has thrown 69 pitches through four.
3:07 p.m. — Eovaldi hit Espinosa to begin the bottom of the fifth and saw him go to second on a sac bunt by Roark, but again, no runs. Eovaldi, in fact, has allowed just one hit through five. If there’s any silver lining, it’s that Eovaldi is at 82 pitches through. At some point they’ll have to reach into their bullpen.
3:26 p.m. — After Roark tossed a scoreless inning in the sixth, the Nationals came back to notch two runs in the bottom half of the frame. Werth singled with one out for the team’s second hit of the game before LaRoche hit a two-run shot to the second deck in right field. The Nats have cut the Marlins’ lead to 3-2. Eovaldi has thrown 97 pitches.
3:30 p.m. — After only needing seven pitches in the top of the sixth, Roark tossed another quick inning in the seventh. This one lasted six pitches and left him with 95 through seven. It looks like Tyler Clippard is warming up in the bullpen, but this one could go either way.
3:45 p.m. — The Nationals were held without a run in the bottom of the seventh despite seeing McLouth get into scoring position. McLouth was hit by a pitch with one out and stole second with two outs. Span, however, then flew out to left field to end the inning. Eovaldi was knocked out as Mike Dunn replaced him with one out, and Clippard will now take over for Roark who had Tyler Moore pinch-hit for him.
4:04 p.m. — Clippard got out of the eighth despite allowing two baserunners, but the Nats went down 1-2-3 in their half of the inning. Jerry Blevins will now enter the game to start the ninth.
4:16 p.m. — Blevins pitched a clean inning and we’re on to the bottom of the ninth. Ramos will lead off.
4:24 p.m. — That’s it, Nats lose 3-2. Here’s the instant analysis: http://natsinsider.com/2014/05/26/instant-analysis-marlins-3-nats-2/
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