May 6, 2015, 10:17 AM EDT
The Nationals look to clinch a series win against the Miami Marlins in an early Wednesday afternoon game. Max Scherzer (1-3, 1.26) will take the mound in his sixth start of the season, while right-hander Tom Koehler (2-2, 4.67) will start for Miami.
Scherzer has had some tough luck this year with run support, as the Nats have managed to score just one run total in his last two starts. Because of that he sits at 1-3 despite having a league-best 1.26 ERA. Scherzer is making just his second career start against the Marlins.
Koehler, 28, will face the Nationals for the second time this season. He saw them on April 25 in Miami and tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a Marlins 8-0 win. Jayson Werth is out of the lineup for the second straight day due to his surgically repaired shoulder acting up.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…
MIAMI MARLINS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB Network (outside DC market), MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 183
Weather: Mostly sunny, 81 degrees, Wind 5 mph in from LF
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Michael Taylor
RHP Max Scherzer
2B Dee Gordon
3B Martin Prado
RF Giancarlo Stanton
CF Marcell Ozuna
1B Justin Bour
C J.T. Realmuto
LF Ichiro Suzuki
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
RHP Tom Koehler
HP Ryan Blakney
1B Eric Cooper (cc)
2B Lance Barksdale
3B Dan Iassogna
1:20 p.m. — No runs to report on in the first inning. Prado singled for Miami and Desmond reached on an error, but that was it. Scherzer threw 13 pitches, Koehler is at eight.
1:38 p.m. — The second inning saw both teams score, the Marlins two runs and the Nationals one. The Nats earned theirs on a solo homer by Harper. He bounced it off the back end of the visitors bullpen in left field, an opposite field shot. The Marlins got their runs on RBI singles by Ichiro and Hechevarria. The rally started on a Bour single to center and Realmuto followed with a double to the left field corner. That’s when Ichiro brought in the first run. Scherzer and Koehler are both at 28 pitches.
2:02 p.m. — The Nats added three more runs in the bottom of the third after a 1-2-3 inning by Scherzer. The first came on a sac fly by Escobar. He hit a fly ball to deep left field to bring Span home from third, after the leadoff hitter had led off with a double. Harper followed Escobar’s RBI with a two-run home run, his second of the day. Harper put it in the second deck in right field for his sixth career multi-homer game. The Nationals now lead 4-2 with the fourth inning up next.
2:18 p.m. — Not much to report on from the fourth inning. Both sides went down in order. Scherzer is at 60 pitches, Koehler has thrown 73. Still 4-2 Nats.
2:37 p.m — The Nats added another run in the fifth inning on yet another home run for Harper. He now has three today and there are at least four more innings to go. That’s his first three-homer game and just the fourth in Nats history. The Nationals are now up 5-2 with the sixth up next.
2:49 p.m. — Not much to share from the sixth inning. The Nationals still lead 5-2. Scherzer is going back out there having thrown 86 pitches.
3:06 p.m. — The seventh inning saw the Marlins once again go down in order and the Nats once again tack more runs. The Nats scored two, the first on a RBI single by Escobar and the second on a groundout by Harper. Yes, that’s right, Harper did not homer in his fourth at-bat. Just three homers, Bryce? Is the guy even trying out there? I mean, seriously.
3:46 p.m. — Nats win as Drew Storen closes it out for his eighth save of the season. Nationals move to 14-15 on the year.
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