Friday night's win over the Marlins was the anomaly for the Nationals, not Saturday's result, a 7-1 loss to the Fish. Florida's owned Washington over the last few years. Last season it took the Nationals til August 4 to beat the Fish for the first time, and they finished the season 6-12 against their NL East rivals after losing 14 of 17 in the season series between the teams in 2008. Tonight, it was Marlins' right-hander Chris Volstad who toyed with the Nats, holding the visiting team's hitters to 4 hits and 1 ER in 9.0 innings on the mound. Volstad walked 1, struck out 8, threw 114 pitches, 70 for strikes, and after allowing a run on two sac flies which followed Adam Dunn's leadoff double in the second, Florida's 23-year-old right-hander held the Nationals scoreless over the next seven innings, retiring 18 of the next 20 batters he faced before giving up a single to Adam Kennedy on which the Nats' infielder was thrown out going for second when the ninth-inning double that Ryan Zimmerman hit in the next AB would have scored him, but it probably wouldn't have made a difference...
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• Nationals now 13-11.
• Notes And Full Game Report After The JUMP...
• Two-Out Fails: A two-out grounder to short in the first gets by Cristian Guzman, who misses when he stumbles and falls on the infield dirt in the Marlins' home, prolonging the first by just one pitch. In the second, Cody Ross battles Nats' right-hander Craig Stammen in a six-pitch AB and grounds into what should be a double play if Adam Dunn doesn't drop the throw from Adam Kennedy to first. Stammen needs just three pitches to get another groundout from Gaby Sanchez. It's Stammen who falters with two out in the third, hanging a first pitch slider to Hanley Ramirez, who doubles off the wall in center two outs after Stammen had given up a leadoff single to the Marlins' pitcher. 1-1 game after three.
• Bad Carnage (and another Two-Out Faii):
Back-to-back hits by John Baker, who singles, and Cody Ross, who triples to right to score Baker in the fourth make it 2-1 Fish, but the third run the Marlins' score comes with two down when Gaby Sanchez lines to center and right into Nyjer Morgan's glove, but Morgan's throw home, with Ross at third, sails wide of the plate and by Pudge Rodriguez. Stammen backs him up, but Ross breaks for home, Stammen tosses to Pudge, and Ross and Pudge collide. "Safe!" Ross is hurt, Pudge is holding his knee, for a minute no one cares that it's 3-1. Not Pudge? The veteran backstop remains in the game, but another 2-out error costs the Nats.
• The Two-Out Fail In The Fifth:
Craig Stammen gives up a double to left over Josh Willingham's head to Cameron Maybin to start the fifth, then gives Maybin third with a wild throw on a pick attempt at second. A walk to Chris Coghlan in the next AB ends Stammen's night after 79 pitches, 51 of which were strikes: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 K's. Tyler Walker takes over, picks Coghlan off first and gets Hanley Ramirez swinging, so Maybin's still on third with two-out and the score 3-1 Marlins. Make that 5-1. Walker throws two-straight sliders to Cantu, but leaves the second one up enough that Cantu's able to launch it to left and GONE, 5-1 Fish. And it's a two-out HR by Hanley Ramirez in the seventh that makes it 7-1 Florida, which is how it ends.
FULL GAME REPORT:
1 - Marlins' right-hander Chris Volstad runs to first covering for Gaby Sanchez, who throws to the pitcher to get Nyjer Morgan on a grounder toward first. Adam Kennedy stares a two-strike bender in for a called strike three. Ryan Zimmerman sends a fly ball out to center field for Cameron Maybin, who'll lead off the bottom of the first against Nats' sinkerballer Craig Stammen, who drops a two-strike slider off the outside of the plate for a swinging K from Maybin. Chris Coghlan grounds out to short, two down. Hanley Ramirez reaches when Cristian Guzman falls and misses a generic grounder, but Pudge Rodriguez erases the runner when he tries to steal second.
2 - Adam Dunn sends a high fly off the wall in left and trots safely into second with a leadoff double. Josh Willingham flies deep enough to center to get Dunn over to third and Pudge Rodriguez's sac fly makes it 1-0 Nats. Cristian Guzman grounds to second to end the top of the frame...Jorge Cantu pops out to short, one down on one pitch. Dan Uggla walks with two down and John Baker throws his bat at a sinking fastball and drops a single into center. Cody Ross works the count full and grounds to third, Ryan Zimmerman to Adam Kennedy to Adam Du-- Dunn drops it. FIrst and third with two down. Gaby Sanchez grounds sharply to third, Zim spins and throws to second for the force.
3 - Chris Volstad throws out Roger Bernadina on a weak grounder, then drops a full-count sinker on Craig Stammen for a swinging K and the second out. Nyjer Morgan K's too, 1-0 Nats in the third...Chris Volstad lines a single to center to start the Marlins' third. Craig Stammen gets a fly ball behind short Guzman has to hustle to catch when Hammer loses it. Chris Coghlan lines one right into Zimmerman's glove. Two down, but Hanley Ramirez ties it with a long double off the wall in center that scores the pitcher to make it 1-1. Jorge Cantu flies to center, tied after three.
4 - Adam Kennedy flies out on the first pitch he sees from Volstad. Ryan Zimmerman chops one over the mound, and Hanley Ramirez can't barehand it, infield single. One down. Adam Dunn flies out to right, two down. Josh Willingham flies to Cody Ross in right, tied at 1-1 after three and a half...Dan Uggla K's swinging ahead of a 1-2 slider from Stammen. John Baker singles over the mound and into center for a one-out single. Cody Ross lines a one-out single to right and into the corner, Baker beats the throw home and Ross takes third, 2-1 Marlins. Gaby Sanchez lines to center, Nyjer Morgan charges and gets there, but the throw home sails and Ross breaks for the plate, Stammen to Pudge, collision, safe, Pudge is hurt, but stays in. 3-1 Fish. Chris Volstad grounds out to end the fourth, 3-1 Fish.
5 - Pudge Rodriguez grounds to the mound, one down. Cristian Guzman grounds out to second for the second out. Roger Bernadina K's swinging over a sinker...Craig Stammen gives up a hard-hit double to left and over Josh Willingham's head, Cameron Maybin on second. Stammen throws to second and right by the base and into center, Maybin takes third. After a walk to Chris Coghlan, Stammen is done. Tyler Walker on, and he picks Coghlan off first. One down on the rundown. Hanley Ramirez takes strike three from Walker on a 1-2 slider. Two down. Jorge Cantu launches one to left and GONE! Two-out, two-run HR, 5-1 Marlins. Dan Uggla K's swinging to end the fifth.
6 - Hanley Ramirez throws out Willy Taveras. Nyjer Morgan takes strike three. Adam Kennedy flies out to end a quick sixth for Volstad...Adam Kennedy makes an easy throw to first to get John Baker. Cody Ross flies out to Taveras in right. Gaby Sanchez's grounder to short ends the sixth, 5-1 Fish.
7 - Ryan Zimmerman grounds out to short and looks hurt as he heads off. (He was OK). Adam Dunn walks with one down. Josh Willingham takes a 2-2 slider low and outside for a called strike three. Ivan Rodriguez's groundout brings an end to the Nats' seventh...Chris Volstad singles to start the Marlins' seventh. Cameron Maybin rips one to third, Zim dives to cut it off and throws to second from his knees for the force. One out. Chris Coghlan flies out to Taveras in right. Hanley Ramirez destroys a low fastball and lifts it out to left, GONE, two-run HR, 7-1 Marlins. Jorge Cantu K's swinging to end the seventh.
8 - Cristian Guzman K's looking. Willie Harris grounds out. Willy Taveras ground out. Nats down quickly in the seventh...Dan Uggla grounds back to the mound, Sean Burnett throws him out. John Baker grounds to short, two down. Cody Ross grounds to second, Adam Kennedy throws Ross out.
9 - Nyjer Morgan grounds out to second, one down. Adam Kennedy lines to right and tries for second, but Chris Coghlan comes up throwing and nails Kennedy at second, two down. Ryan Zimmerman doubles to center with two out. Adam Dunn K's swinging over a sinker, ballgame.
Nationals now 13-11.