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Game 149: Marlins at Nats

Sep 20, 2015, 10:30 AM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to take three of four against the Marlins and make it seven wins in their last eight overall.

Stephen Strasburg (9-7, 3.98) will look to follow strong outings from Max Scherzer and Jordan Zimmermann. Strasburg had perhaps the best start of his career his last time out, eight shutout innings with 14 strikeouts and only one hit allowed against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Strasburg has quality starts in five of his last six appearances. The lone outlier was a game against the Marlins when he allowed four runs on seven hits in four innings. The Nationals were able to overcome that performance to earn the win on Aug. 30.

Lefty Justin Nicolino (3-3, 3.81) will pitch for Miami. He gave up three runs on six hits, two of them homers, in his last game against the New York Mets.

Updates to come, so please check back…

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 185/854
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 75 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to RF

CF Michael Taylor
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
LF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
1B Tyler Moore
2B Trea Turner
RHP Stephen Strasburg

MARLINS (64-85)
2B Dee Gordon
RF Ichiro Suzuki
LF Christian Yelich
1B Justin Bour
CF Marcell Ozuna
3B Derek Dietrich
SS Miguel Rojas
C Tomas Telis
LHP Justin Nicolino

HP Adam Hamari
1B Angel Hernandez
2B Chris Conroy
3B Ted Barrett (cc)

1:36 p.m. — We are underway on a perfect afternoon in Washington…

1:59 p.m. — The Nats find themselves up 3-0 in the first inning thanks to a few big hits off Nicolino by the middle of their order. Escobar started it all off with a walk and Harper followed that with a single to center field. Werth then doubled over Ozuna’s head in center to score both runners. Werth made it to third on a throw attempt home and scored on the next play when Desmond hit a sac fly. Desmond, by the way, turns 30 today. On to the second.

2:19 p.m. — The Marlins got one back in the second inning to make it a 3-1 game. Dietrich scored after leading off with a walk. He moved to second on a wild pitch and to third ona  groundout by Rojas. The run came on a groundball by Telis to Desmond at short. It was a tough play and he got the throw in time, but it took a bounce before it got to Moore. Moore couldn’t scoop it, so Dietrich scored. The error went to Desmond.

2:36 p.m. — It is still 3-1 after three innings, though the Marlins got a man to third. That was Yelich, who got on with a two-out single and moved two bases on a single by Bour. Ozuna, however, then lined out to end the frame. The Nats went down 1-2-3. On to the fourth.

2:52 p.m. — It’s still 3-1 after four. The Marlins got Rojas on with one out, only to see a double play end the frame. The Nats then went down in order.

3:08 p.m. — The game remains at 3-1 after five innings. The Rams went down in order and the Nats couldn’t take advantage of a one-out single by Turner. On to the sixth.

3:46 p.m. — Well, that was an inning. The Nats added seven more runs in the sixth inning to make it 10-2. The Marlins got a second run in a solo homer by Ozuna in the top of the frame. But then the Nats went off as Ramos pushed one across with a sac fly, Moore hit a three-run bomb and Escobar notched a bases-clearing double. Strasburg will now go to the mound with an eight-run advantage.

4:13 p.m. — The Marlins cut the Nats lead to 10-3 in the top of the eighth on an RBI double by Ozuna. Matt Grace replaced Strasburg and allowed the run.

  1. Section 222 - Sep 20, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Got new posted, and what the heck, these numbers are worth repeating:

    Updated numbers for Bryce in September: .414/.526/1.000/1.526. 10 HRs, 18 RBIs, 16 BBs in just 76 PAs. He has more total bases in Sept. than he had in April, June, July, or August.

    I highly recommend taking a gander at the league leader boards to see just how thoroughly he is dominating the majors this year. Not just in the standard counting stats, but in the advanced metrics devised to measure player value. He’s not just leading in this categories, he’s often a quantam leap above everyone else. It’s stunning:

    • Doc - Sep 20, 2015 at 12:18 PM

      Bryce is stunning!

      Goooooooooooooooooo KId!

    • Doc - Sep 20, 2015 at 12:31 PM

      Thanks for the link, Sect. 222

      Let it be known that Gio is among the leaders in Sacrifices! Not quite Harper territory, I guess. LOL

    • 3on2out - Sep 20, 2015 at 12:34 PM

      Awesome, deuces!
      Thanks for sharing. A WAR over 10!
      I had NO idea that was an obtainable number.

    • veejh - Sep 20, 2015 at 1:44 PM

      Pay that man. Pay that man his money.

    • natsfan1a - Sep 20, 2015 at 8:35 PM

      That is awesome.

  2. paulfortier - Sep 20, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Is it still possible?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 20, 2015 at 12:21 PM

      Never give up, never surrender!

  3. naterialguy - Sep 20, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    So rendon mentioned yesterday he was sick so I assume that’s why he’s out today. But what does Danny need to do to get a start around here?
    Matt sat Michael Taylor yesterday cause he felt he could use some rest. What about Escobar? He looks like he is dragging. Seems like it would be a good time to give him a breather.

  4. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 20, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    This is Trea Turner’s first MLB start, right?

  5. soonernat - Sep 20, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    That sound you hear is Micksback1 opening his wallet to see if he has enough money to buy me a beer on Opening Day 2016 after he wagered the Nats would not win more than 76 games this year….;-)

  6. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 20, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Duffy’s is open (sorta)!

  7. mrnat7 - Sep 20, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Whatever happened to Danny Espi? Is he still on the team? What did he do to become the forgotten man? MW, where would the team be if we have didn’t Espi when everyone was injured. He does not deserve to be treated like this and why does Desi never need a day off

    • Section 222 - Sep 20, 2015 at 12:50 PM

      Because Desi never really needs a day off. I’m getting the impression that Espi is not completely healthy because he does seem to have disappeared. His last start was Sept. 12 and he has 19 PAs in September. Of course, his slashline this month is .118/.211/.294/.505 so he’s not bringing much to the table when he plays.

      If Espi was playing 2B today, lots of folks would be saying, “why not give Trea a start?” If you’re MW, you can’t win for losing.

  8. Drew - Sep 20, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Love to see the kid take that walk. If he developed patience, he can lead off someday. His wheels and bat will play.

  9. Drew - Sep 20, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    That Taylor walk akso is a beautiful thing. No one expects Taylor to be Harper. But the lesson for Michael is that selectiveness changes everything.

    Yunel can rake, too.

  10. Candide - Sep 20, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    I love Judy Collins, but if you’re going to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” in front of 30,000 people at a Nats game, you’d better make sure you know the words to both of those songs.

    Just saying…

    • Section 222 - Sep 20, 2015 at 4:28 PM

      Senior moments Candide. Give her a break.

      Even with the boo boos, her renditions were far more pleasant than any I heard this weekend. I hope I have pipes half that good at age 76.

      • Candide - Sep 20, 2015 at 5:27 PM

        Senior moments Candide. Give her a break.


        1) Unlike local groups that (I assume) don’t get paid to do the job*, I’m sure she gets paid; if not actual dollars, then all kinds of swag and special treatment. Where do you think she was watching the game from? Section 238 or a luxury box?

        2) And if she gets paid, someone is paying for it. That someone is me. If I’m paying for a product, I expect it to be good.

        3) And if you’re too old to remember the words to a song you’ve known all your life any more, you need to retire.

        4) And saying her performance was better than the other ones you heard this weekend – which I don’t doubt for a moment – isn’t setting the bar very high. Especially for someone who’s something of a national icon.

        * You would know about that better than I.

      • Section 222 - Sep 20, 2015 at 6:03 PM

        I don’t think anyone gets paid for singing the anthem, but I can’t say for sure. But leaving that aside, your criticism of a living legend with a still lovely voice is petty and mean-spirited. It’s beneath you.

        By the way, I’m sure she “knows” the words. She just forgot them in the moment. She’s not the first to do that. Even the pros have nerves. They’re human after all. I’m sure she feels terrible and embarrassed. Sorry you can’t find it in your cold, dead heart to feel a little empathy instead of indulging in snide cynicism. I guess that’s what everyone feels entitled to do these days, regardless of the target. But it’s sad, and kind of pathetic.

      • NatsLady - Sep 20, 2015 at 6:30 PM

        I didn’t hear the Anthem, but I thought she made a good recovery on GBA.

      • nats106 - Sep 20, 2015 at 8:17 PM

        I’ve looked at games from both sides now….

      • natsfan1a - Sep 20, 2015 at 8:35 PM

        I really don’t know games at all.

      • NatsNut - Sep 20, 2015 at 9:48 PM

        nats106, That song was Joni Mitchell, not Judy Collins. =)

  11. Section 222 - Sep 20, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Too bad MW didn’t start Espi today. Esco looks tired. Heeheehee.

    • NatsLady - Sep 20, 2015 at 6:32 PM

      WIth Rendon sick, and Zim out for the duration, I don’t blame MW for holding Danny in reserve. Yes, the game was a blowout, but I would hate to be in a tie game, need a replacement guy, and have to go to Difo. Nothing against Difo, but we need to win every game at this point. Whoever suggested Severino and Ross for an inning, GOOD JOB!!! That was really sweet.

      • Section 222 - Sep 20, 2015 at 10:41 PM

        MW said Espi is nursing a sore hammy.

    • naterialguy - Sep 20, 2015 at 11:47 PM

      Ok. Good thing I’m not manager.





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