Aug 30, 2015, 12:05 PM EDT
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…
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 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
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.
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