• Stephen Strasburg needed just 10 pitches to retire the Miami Marlins in order in the bottom of the first inning tonight in Jupiter, Florida's Roger Dean Stadium. The visiting Washington Nationals' starter threw two 100mph fastballs (on the stadium gun) to Giancarlo [Mike] Stanton in the first at bat of the second, then dropped an 0-2 curve in for a called strike three to get the Marlins' slugger looking. The Nats' 23-year-old right-hander gave up a one-out walk when he missed with a low full-count fastball to Gaby Sanchez, but two quick outs later he was through a 13-pitch second. Strasburg bobbled a grounder back to the mound off Marlins' outfielder Bryan Petersen's bat, leading to a leadoff runner reaching to start the third. One out later, Jose Reyes ripped a line drive to center that got over Rick Ankiel, off the Nats' center fielder's glove for what was originally scored an RBI triple, but later ruled an error on the center fielder. (ed. note - "And later changed back to a triple.") 1-0 Marlins either way, and 2-0 after Emilio Bonifacio singled through short to drive Reyes in. Strasburg ends up throwing 23 pitches in the third, and he's done for the night after 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K's, 46 pitches, 32 strikes.
• Note: The Roger Dean Stadium radar gun was apparently a little hot, with Strasburg hitting 103 mph with his fastball at one point. Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore reported on Twitter during the game that scouts said Strasburg's FB sat around 94-97.
• 27-year-old left-hander Wade LeBlanc was acquired by the Marlins in a November, 11 2011 trade that sent Miami backstop John Baker to San Diego. LeBlanc, an '06 2nd Round pick is (17-22) with a 4.54 ERA, 4.85 FIP, 28 BB's (3.47 BB/9) and 51 K's (6.29 K/9) four years into his major league career, and he's battling for a spot in the Marlins' rotation, but as Florida Sun-Sentinel reporter Juan C. Rodriguez noted in an article on the trade that brought him to Florida entitled, "Wade LeBlanc gives Miami Marlins much needed starting pitching depth", if he doesn't make the Opening Day rotation he has an option left and gives the Marlins depth. LeBlanc dominated the Nationals over 4.0 innings tonight, allowing just one hit and striking out five. 51 pitches total in four innings, 41 of them strikes.
Roger Bernadina, who was hit by a pitch (in the "funny bone") in the third, was the only the Nationals' batter to reach base before Tyler Moore battled LeBlanc and eventually singled with two down in the top of the fourth for the Nats' first hit of the night. Moore was stranded at first when Anthony Rendon flew out to Giancarlo Stanton in right. Jesus Flores singled to start the Nats' fifth, but he was erased on a DP grounder and former Nats' starter J.D. Martin struck Brett Carroll out to complete a scoreless fifth. Steve Lombardozzi singled in the sixth, Corey Brown singled in the eighth, but that was all for the Nationals' batters tonight.
Six Marlins' starters combined for the four-hit shutout of the traveling Nats team. After Strasburg, Tom Gorzelanny walked one and K'd two in an inning of work. Chad Durbin threw 2.0 scoreless, allowing three hits and collecting two K's. Sean Burnett gave up a hit but no runs in an inning of work. After the Nats' lefty, Waldis Joaquin gave up a run in an inning of work in the eighth, giving up a one-out single by Scott Cousins, who stole second and scored on an RBI single by journeyman infielder Nick Green. 3-0 Fish final. Box Score.