Tonight's Rain-Soaked Top 5:
5. 3 Hours Later: Just about three hours after the game was schedule to start, the Washington Nationals and Florida Marlins got underway in front of a crowd estimated (no joke) at around 300-400. At 10:02 pm EST, Adam Kennedy sent a foul pop down the line in left that Marlins' LF Logan Morrison couldn't get to. He couldn't stop either. The Marlins' young outfielder slid several feet on his back after falling. Kennedy ended up popping out to second in what was a 1-2-3 first for the Florida starter Alex Sanabia, but every pop and fly is bound to be an adventure with standing water in every part of the outfield. The infield, however, is immaculate, covered as it was, long before the rain began to fall.
4. Hanley Owns The Nats: About fifteen minutes after the game starts, Hanley Ramirez makes it 1-0 Florida with his 19th HR of the year, this one off Jason Marquis, who throws a 1-1 fastball right down the pipe at the knees and watches it soar over his head and out to right center for a solo blast and a 1-0 Marlins' lead early. Just to update, 6 of Hanley's 19 HR's this year are against the Nats. Coming into tonight's game, the 26-year-old shortstop is 115 for 317 (.363/.451/.700) for a 1.151 OPS with 27 doubles, 27 HR's, 21 steals and 63 RBI's in 82 games against the Nats. Ramirez ends the night 1 for 3 with a walk.
3. "It Knocks Out A Bank Of Lights Up There Like The Natural!'" Florida announcer on Zim's HR...
Washington ties it at 1-1 in the when Ryan Zimmerman hits a leadoff single and scores on Adam Dunn's 33rd double. 1-1 after two. In the third, Alberto Gonzalez singles and Roger Bernadina reaches on a bunt single that he beats to first by a mile. Two on, one out for Ryan Zimmerma---THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!! THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!!! Marlins' right-hander Alex Sanabia gives up an absolute blast to left that hits the facade in front of the upper deck and actually breaks the M in (what is now) the "Sun Life Stadiu" sign in left field. Marlins' announcers guesstimate it at 450ft+. Unreal find the highlight. Zim's 25th makes it 4-1 Nats...
2. Marquis Tests Himself: Twice in five innings, Jason Marquis puts two runners on in front of Hanley Ramirez. After surrendering a first inning HR to Hanley, Marquis gives up a two-out single to Emilio Bonifacio and a two-out walk to Logan Morrison to get to Ramirez up with two on. Marquis puts Ramirez on, issuing back-to-back two-out walks. Gaby Sanchez flies out to strand three, Still 4-1 Nats after three. In the fifth, Marquis pops Ramirez up to left where Roger Bernadina makes the catch for the second out of the frame. Gaby Sanchez flies out to Nyjer Morgan in center stranding two in the fifth. A two-out double in the sixth by Cameron Maybin's quickly followed by a two-out, two-run HR to left by Marlins' catcher Brett Hayes, whose 2nd HR of the year makes it 4-3 and ends Marquis' night after 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2 HR's, 92 pitches, 52 strikes.
1. SHAKE N BAKE!!!: Marlins' reliever Brian Sanches gets a weak grounder to third from Justin Maxwell to start the seventh, but Fish third baseman Chad Tracy sails the throw to let Maxwell on. Sanches throws a fastball low and by Marlins' catcher Brett Hayes, allowing Maxwell to go first to third, and a second wild pitch allows J-Max to score, 5-3. Roger Bernadina takes a two-out walk after Kennedy and Alberto Gonzalez goes down. Zimmerman takes the second-straight walk to bring up Adam Du--SHAKE N BAKE!! SHAKE N BAKE!! Straight-center, 3-run HR, 8-3 Nationals on Dunn's 33rd. 9-3 Nats when Roger Bernadina triples to start the ninth and scores on an Ian Desmond sac fly...Marquis earns his first curly-W!!! Congrats, Marquis.
• Miss The Game? The DC Faithful Were Watching...And Really Funny...
|Num||Name - Comments|
|1||Doghouse - 122|
|2||Nationalpastime9 - 86|
|3||RobBobS - 73|
|4||RoscoeNats - 48|
|5||MissB - 42|
|6||Dave at NNN - 25|
|7||NewJerseyAveSE - 22|
|8||Doncosmic - 15|
|9||The Herndon Kid - 10|
|10||Andrew Davidson - 9|
• Final Score: Nats 9, Marlins 3.
• Doghouse's Postgame WPA Graph: "Game 132: A good night in Sun Life Stadiu_ "
- Life imitates The Onion: Ryan Zimmerman (+26.2%) blasts a titantic three-run dinger off the facing of the upper deck, knocking out the 'm' in 'stadium' and giving the Nats the lead in the 3rd (+22.7%).
- Interesting: Jason Marquis (+1.2%) goes 5.2 IP, dancing in and out of trouble and giving up a first-inning dinger to go behind (-9.7%) as well as two-run shot in the 6th to let the Fish get within one (-18.7%).
- Weak: Adam Dunn (+25.1%) hits his own three-run shot to the deepest part of comically-shaped Sun Life Stadiu_, but it doesn't even hit any scoreboards (+11.9%).
P2K > P2C: The bullpen combines for 9 strikeouts in 3.1 IP, with 1 BB and +7.8% WPA (Marquis had 1 K in his outing).
Nationals now 57-75.