Aug 29, 2015, 4:50 PM EST
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.
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MIAMI MARLINS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
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
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: http://natsinsider.com/2015/08/29/nats-5-marlins-1-zimmermann-nationals-bounce-back/
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