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Game 128: Marlins at Nats

Aug 29, 2015, 4:50 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The Nationals dropped the series opener in disappointing fashion on Friday night, but they have a chance on Saturday to get even with the Marlins and set themselves up for another series win.

Starting for the Nats will be Jordan Zimmermann (8-10, 3.54), who has not been good in his two most recent outings. He has allowed four earned runs in consecutive starts and five total homers during that stretch.

Lefty Tom Koehler (8-12, 3.98) will get the nod for the Marlins. He last faced the Nats on July 29 and gave up five earned runs in six innings.

Updates to come, so please check back…

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 186/854
Weather: Partly cloudy, 82 degrees, Wind 8 mph in from RF

RF Jayson Werth
3B Anthony Rendon
CF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
2B Danny Espinosa
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

MARLINS (52-77)
2B Dee Gordon
RF Ichiro Suzuki
3B Martin Prado
LF Derek Dietrich
1B Justin Bour
CF Marcell Ozuna
C J.T. Realmuto
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
LHP Tom Koehler

HP Dan Iassogna
1B Dale Scott (cc)
2B C.B. Bucknor
3B Lance Barrett

7:04 p.m. — First pitch came a minute early tonight. We are underway on 80’s night at Nationals Park.

7:20 p.m. — We are locked at 0-0 after one inning, as only Gordon got on base. He led off with a single but was thrown out at second on a steal attempt shortly thereafter. Zimmermann threw 16 pitches, while Koehler needed only 12.

7:35 p.m. — We are scoreless no more, as the Nats now lead 1-0 thanks to a solo homer by Zimmerman. Zim led off the bottom of the second with his 12th home run of the season to left field. He now has homers in three of his last five games. On to the third we go.

8:02 p.m. — The Nats added another run in the bottom of the third and now lead the Marlins 2-0. But they could have had more if it weren’t for Werth grounding into a double play. They got both Espinosa and Zimmermann on with no outs on bunt singles. Werth then grounded into two outs. Rendon followed that with an RBI single to right field to score Espinosa, who avoided the forceout at third with a good jump from second. Harper then grounded out to close the inning. On to the fourth.

8:17 p.m. — It’s still 2-0 Nats, though the Marlins threatened in the fourth. Ichiro and Prado led off with singles and moved to third with two outs on a groundout by Bour. But Ozuna couldn’t bring them home, as he flew out to center field for the third out. The Nats got Desmond on with two outs, but he was thrown out at second. On to the fifth.

8:50 p.m. — Put three more on the board for the home team. The Nats added to their lead thanks to a two-run homer by Robinson and a solo shot by Desmond. It is just the second time this season the Nationals have hit back-to-back bombs. For Desmond, it was his second in as many nights and his 17th of the season. 5-0 is the score with the seventh up next.

9:09 p.m. — It is now 5-1 Nats as the Marlins got on the board with a homer of their own. This one was hit by Bour, who crushed the ball to deep right-center field. Zimmermann was removed after that inning for Matt den Dekker, who pinch-hit. Matt Thornton will now enter to pitch the seventh.

9:32 p.m. — Nats win, here’s my analysis:

  1. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 29, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Let’s try this one more time…GYFNG!

    • npb99 - Aug 29, 2015 at 5:06 PM

      Does the exclamation mark signal anger….?

      • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 29, 2015 at 5:09 PM

        No, it’s always there. But maybe some frustration that it hasn’t been working so well this season.

      • npb99 - Aug 29, 2015 at 6:21 PM

        Eugene, I know. It was a sardonic remark. Cheers.

  2. Section 222 - Aug 29, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Great birthday tweet Mark. Congrats!

    • natsfan1a - Aug 29, 2015 at 6:48 PM

      Seconding that. Many happy returns of the day to young Mr. Z.

      (I’m not on the tweeter but I can see the pic at the top of the page. That’s a veteran move coordinating the shirt color with the frosting color, btw.)

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 29, 2015 at 8:41 PM

        That’s one of the cupcakes Art & Crafts Tony Romo baked!!

        Four years?? Man …

        Happy birthday, little feller.

      • natsfan1a - Aug 29, 2015 at 9:38 PM

        OMG, it’s a crownie!

      • natsfan1a - Aug 29, 2015 at 9:42 PM

        Hey, maybe it was a rally crownie! Or maybe it was the “score” poster on the wall behind him.

  3. philipd763 - Aug 29, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    JZ is 10-8. not 8-10, as stated above!

  4. knoxvillenat - Aug 29, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Okay so the Marlins are throwing a southpaw tonight, our somewhat regular center fielder is sitting with an injury and two other outfielders are moving around to positions they haven’t played very much of lately. So is MW really comfortable with Robinson in the outfield over Upper Dekker? I think I would have preferred to see Werth and Harper in their usual outfield positions and Den Dekker in CF as he is a much better defender than CRob.

    • Section 222 - Aug 29, 2015 at 5:45 PM

      I’d wonder the same thing, but Koehler is actually right handed.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 29, 2015 at 5:50 PM

        That explains a lot; thanks. I was trying to figure out why Clint Robinson and not a repeat of last night’s line-up.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 29, 2015 at 5:56 PM

        Mr. Hughes seems to be off on his reporting accuracy today. JZimm is 10-8 and Koehler is a RHP.

      • Doc - Aug 29, 2015 at 6:23 PM

        Chase likes to make up his own stats!

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 29, 2015 at 9:13 PM

        Evidently he doesn’t read the blog, either, as it’s now the top of the eighth and he never corrected his screw ups.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 29, 2015 at 6:02 PM

      Okay so Koehler is right handed but I think I’d still prefer seeing Den Dekker in the OF over Robinson. I’ve seen too much of CRob in the field and it isn’t a pretty sight.

  5. NatsLady - Aug 29, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    I had to take tonight off, partly because of complete exhaustion (been to a LOT of games), but mostly because I was annoyed at the “80’s Night” extra ticket deal. Now, I didn’t want the Pet Calendar and Yoga is not my thing–but my eyes YEARNED for the Rubics Cube. Not only do you need a special (and for me, relatively expensive) ticket, but you can’t buy the ticket at the box office, you have to buy it online and pay all the fees. My only hope is they will have a few extra cubes and they’ll put them up for Red Carpet as they have done with some other giveaway items. A faint hope.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 29, 2015 at 7:01 PM

      I am getting tired of all of the games within the games regarding a lot things. We decided not to renew our partial plan (4 infield gallery seats) for next year. 10 years of 60 mile round trips averaging 30 games a year and we’re done, though we still have a few more this year. Stub Hub next year.

      • NatsLady - Aug 29, 2015 at 7:13 PM

        I went from half to partial, but that was for financial reasons. My work schedule allows me to get to the Park early enough for the $5 tickets and those seats are not that different than my Plan seats. My agent was wonderfully helpful and got me the best seat in my section.

  6. natsfan1a - Aug 29, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Won’t be there until tomorrow but will watch on tv tonight – at least until I fall asleep.

    Maybe one of our Insiders will be able to fix you up with a cube, NL. Hope so.

  7. gzheng2015 - Aug 29, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Mets just lost 3-1 to Redsox. Let’s win one tonight, Nats!

    • NatsLady - Aug 29, 2015 at 7:14 PM

      Red Sox have done their job. UP TO YOU, Nats!

    • NatsLady - Aug 29, 2015 at 7:23 PM

      I didn’t see the game, so checking the box, I see Cespedes went 0-for-3 (one walk), David Wright didn’t play, and they used Bartolo Colon in relief. DeGrom only gave up two runs (Robles was human and gave up the other one) but their vaunted offense could only come up with one.

      Come on, Jordan!

    • NatsLady - Aug 29, 2015 at 7:44 PM

      Also mentioned was that the Mets claimed lefty Rzepczynski off waivers from the Padres.

  8. Joe Seamhead - Aug 29, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    That catch that Ichiro made on Ramos’ drive to right was spectacular!

    • NatsLady - Aug 29, 2015 at 7:44 PM

      Unbelievable. He is ageless.

  9. Joe Seamhead - Aug 29, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    A little luck and a good job by JZimm on the tag. I wish that our catchers could make tags like that. (Snark).

    • npb99 - Aug 29, 2015 at 7:48 PM

      The kind of sound fundamentals that have been missing a lot of the time.

  10. NatsLady - Aug 29, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Looks like a beautiful sunset.

  11. Joe Seamhead - Aug 29, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    I agree with FP in that Jayson Werth looks much more comfortable in RF than he did in left.. When Taylor comes back I would leave Werth in RF, keep Harper in CF and play Taylor in left. In my opinion, that is your overall best starting OF with who is available.

    • NatsLady - Aug 29, 2015 at 8:27 PM

      A while back Harper expressed his desire to play centerfield. So I guess that keeps everyone happy, which is a goal. Seriously need to look at the waiver wire for an outfielder, though.

      • veejh - Aug 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM

        Why don’t we just focus on winning a few games first?

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 29, 2015 at 8:43 PM

      Harper has a lot of experience in LF why not let him stay there when Taylor comes back? Taylor is a far better CF than Harper.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 29, 2015 at 9:50 PM

        Taylor is also a better LF than Harper.

  12. NatsLady - Aug 29, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    I see that JZimm’s plan is to wear out Koehler on the basepaths.

  13. gzheng2015 - Aug 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Mean while, Redskins are brawling with Ravens and each team has one player ejected…

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM


      • gzheng2015 - Aug 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM

        Smith and Culliver.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 29, 2015 at 8:45 PM

        Football teams. It’s the American version of rugby.

  14. NatsLady - Aug 29, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    See, and it worked. Koehler throwing batting practice!

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 29, 2015 at 8:49 PM


  15. Joe Seamhead - Aug 29, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Well, CRob justifies his place in the starting lineup tonight, and Desi continues to rake.

  16. veejh - Aug 29, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Just keep chippin away.





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