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Game 129: Marlins at Nats

Aug 30, 2015, 12:05 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to win their fourth consecutive series, a feat that would set them up rather nicely for a huge series early this coming week in St. Louis against the MLB-best Cardinals.

It’s a good opportunity for some positive momentum to take on the road and the Nats will have their best pitcher of late on the mound. Stephen Strasburg (8-6. 4.14) will get the start against Miami coming a stretch of four consecutive outings where he’s gone at least six innings and given up two runs or less.

Lefty Brad Hand (4-3, 4.23) will pitch for the Marlins in his eighth start of the season. He has spent most of the year in Miami’s bullpen.

Updates to come, so please check back…

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 186/854
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 81 degrees, Wind 4 mph in from RF

LF Jayson Werth
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Michael Taylor
RHP Stephen Strasburg

MARLINS (52-78)
2B Dee Gordon
RF Ichiro Suzuki
3B Martin Prado
1B Justin Bour
LF Derek Dietrich
CF Marcell Ozuna
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
C Jeff Mathis
LHP Brad Hand

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

1:56 p.m. — The Nats find themselves in a 3-0 hole after the first inning thanks to another homer by Bour, his second in as many days. Gordon led off with a bunt single and Ichiro promptly doubled to right field to put two men in scoring position. That set up Bour, who homered for the eighth time in 14 career games against the Nationals. Hand then put the Nats down 1-2-3, so on to the second we go.

2:17 p.m. — It’s still 3-0 Marlins, though both teams got a runner on base in the second. Hechavarria reached on a bunt single and reached second, but that’s as far as he would go. Desmond walked with one out, but never advanced as Ramos and Espinosa struck out.

2:40 p.m. — The Nats got on the board in the third inning with a homer of their own, as Werth smashed a 3-2 pitch to left field for a two-run bomb. That was his fifth of the season and it scored Taylor, who led off with a single. It’s now 3-2 Marlins with the fourth up next.

2:58 p.m. — The Marlins got one back quickly with another homer, this one by Dietrich. Strasburg also gave up a pair of singles after that, but escaped after allowing the lone run. That made it 4-2 Marlins and got Strasburg bounced from the game. He only threw 60 pitches in four innings, but was clearly not as effective as we’ve seen lately. Doug Fister will now pitch.

3:23 p.m. — Well, that was an inning. The Nats pushed three runs across to take their first lead of the afternoon. The rally all began with a bloop single to center field by Taylor. He would score two batters later on a double to left field by Werth. Harper then scored Werth on a single and Harper himself came home on a single by Desmond. That bounced Hand from the game, as the Marlins went with Erik Cordier to get the final out. On to the sixth.

3:44 p.m. — The Nats added two more runs in the sixth on another homer. This one was by Clint Robinson, who pinch-hit for Fister. He blasted a two-run shot to right field and put the Nats up 7-4. Felipe Rivero will now pitch the seventh.

4:13 p.m. — It’s still 7-4 after seven innings. Drew Storen is up next to pitch the eighth.

  1. unterp - Aug 30, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    let’s go Sox…

    • Doc - Aug 30, 2015 at 12:10 PM

      That’s about where it’s at unterp! LOL

    • jfmii - Aug 30, 2015 at 12:15 PM

      Go Nationals and Sox

  2. veejh - Aug 30, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Taylor is back. Nice to see.

  3. Joe Seamhead - Aug 30, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    Personally, I think this absolutely the worst arrangement of the outfield pieces that they could make with those three available players. Werth looked a heck of a lot more comfortable in RF the past two games.

    • coop202 - Aug 30, 2015 at 12:23 PM

      ? He let two drop off the centerfield scoreboard in the last three games that Harper probably would’ve gotten. That and yunel botching the throw to first was the game friday

  4. Joe Seamhead - Aug 30, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Personally, I think this is absolutely the worst arrangement of the outfield pieces that they could make with those three available players. Werth looked a heck of a lot more comfortable in RF the past two games.

    • jfmii - Aug 30, 2015 at 12:26 PM

      Werth absolutely needs to learn to play left

  5. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 30, 2015 at 12:23 PM


  6. natsnatsnatswoo - Aug 30, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Nationals fans, get up and wave your vouchers for a borderline-obscene Jayson Werth bobblehead! #idarejerometosaythis #valeriecamillofail #fedderwasbetter

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Aug 30, 2015 at 12:46 PM


  7. natslive - Aug 30, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    So anyone at the game get the special gift in addition to the voucher? Curious as to what it is.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Aug 30, 2015 at 2:24 PM

      Was not offered any special gift along with the voucher. I’ll settle for a win today.

  8. ogremj - Aug 30, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Well, Nats don’t look too interested in playing baseball today.

  9. Joe Seamhead - Aug 30, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Well, I for one, am not ready to give up on Jayson Werth yet.

  10. npb99 - Aug 30, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    So many things I’m tempted to say about Stras, but what’s the point? The way this season had been, even if he had pitched well today, the next starter would have stunk it up instead.

  11. Joe Seamhead - Aug 30, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Nope, again, I am not ready to give up on Jayson Werth yet.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 30, 2015 at 3:19 PM

      Nor am I ready to give up on Ryan Zimmerman, and I ask for forgiveness from the baseball gods for giving up on Ian Desmond earlier this year.

  12. philipd763 - Aug 30, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    No way Stras re-signs with the Nats when he becomes a FA after 2016 and Rizzo isn’t going to offer an extension or a new contract at eye watering bucks. Therefore, I suspect he will be traded to a west coast team for prospects during the offseason. I suspect Storen will be gone too

  13. Joe Seamhead - Aug 30, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Taylor lost that first ball in the sun.
    He more than made up for it on the next one. Terrific catch!
    And no, Yunel Escobar doesn’t make that play that Anthony Rendon made for the 2nd out.

  14. Drew - Aug 30, 2015 at 3:34 PM


  15. Joe Seamhead - Aug 30, 2015 at 3:34 PM






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