MIAMI, FL - MAY 30: Bryan Petersen #11 of the Miami Marlins is tagged out at home by Jhonatan Solano #23 of the Washington Nationals during a game at Marlins Park on May 30, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
• #LomboLobby pt.1: Washington Nationals' leadoff man Steve Lombardozzi lined to short right-center, just over Miami Marlins' second baseman Omar Infante's outstretched glove for a leadoff single to start tonight's game. One out later Lombo took second on a Ryan Zimmerman single through short. Adam LaRoche, who's 0 for 7 so far this series, and 3 for 18 with eight K's in his career against Fish right-hander Josh Johnson, K'd for the ninth time in 19 at bats and was 0 for 8 in the series after swinging over an 86 mph 2-2 slider for out no.2. Johnson pounded Ian Desmond away for the first seven pitches of the Nats' shortstop's two-out at bat, then threw a 93 mph heater up and in on pitch no.8 to get a swinging K and out no.3 of a 20-pitch, 16-strike first. Omar Infante "doubled" off Nationals' starter Chien-Ming Wang with one down in the Marlins' first, flying to short right where Roger Bernadina dove and missed, and Infante then took third on a groundout by Hanley Ramirez before scoring on a two-out single by Giancarlo Stanton that put Miami up 1-0 in the finale of the three-game set with the visiting Nats...
• 410ft Triple: Nats' second baseman Danny Espinosa tripled to center on a 92 mph 1-1 four-seamer from Josh Johnson, collecting his first three-base hit of 2012 on a 410 ft blast to center that was nowhere near a home run in spacious Marlins Park. Espinosa settled for his first triple of the season and scored to tie it at 1-1 in the next AB when Roger Bernadina lined out to center to bring the runner in. 1-1 after one and a half. Josh Johnson gives up a run in a 13-pitch inning. Chien-Ming Wang gave up a leadoff single by Bryan Petersen and a walk to John Buck to start the Marlins' second as he struggled to locate his sinker. Wang found it in the next at bat against Chris Coghlan, throwing a 91mph 2-2 sinker the Marlins' outfielder, but a poor decision on a sac bunt by Josh Johnson resulted in the bases being loaded with one out...
• [CHOMP!]: Jhonathan Solano jumped on a bunt by the opposing pitcher, Josh Johnson, as the Marlins tried to give up an out and advance both runners, but the rookie backstop threw to third trying to cut the lead runner down only to have the throw arrive in Ryan Zimmerman's glove a step too late. Bases loaded, and Jose Reyes lined to right in the next AB... but Roger Bernadina made the catch in right and he made it while coming in and fired a strike to home where Solano made the catch, blocked the plate and applied the tag on a sliding Bryan Petersen for an inning-ending 9-2 DP. 13 pitch inning for Wang.
• #LomboLobby: Steve Lombardozzi was 2 for 2 after singling to right-center again to start the Nationals' third. Two outs later he was thrown out trying to steal second with Adam LaRoche at the plate as the Marlins' starter completed a 13-pitch third. WIth one out in the Marlins' half of the inning, Hanley Ramirez singled to center on a hanging curve from Chien-Ming Wang, but he too got thrown out trying to steal second right before Giancarlo Stanton K'd swinging to end the inning. 17 pitches, 2 K's for Wang in the 3rd and he's up to 45 pitches total after three.
• Danny Hears You: Adam LaRoche ended his 0-for-8 series with a double to right to start the top of the fourth, then took third on a groundout by Ian Desmond. Danny Espinosa, who tripled and scored for the Nationals' first run, took two 1-2 pitches from Josh Johnson then drove in the second Nats' second run with a single to center on a full-count change to make it a 2-1 game before scoring himself on an extra base hit to center and off the "STANLEY" tools sign by Roger Bernadina. The Shark was thrown out trying to take third on the play, but the Nationals were up 3-1 after the top of the fourth and Johnson was up to 66 pitches after the 20-pitch frame.
• Why, Wang, Why?: Given a two-run lead to work with, Chien-Ming Wang walked the first batter of the Marlins' fourth, Logan Morrison, then walked the second batter too, putting both Morrison and Bryan Petersen on with no one out while throwing 8 of 9 pitches out of the zone. John Buck's groundout to first moved both runners into scoring position, and a sac fly to left from Chris Coghlan was deep enough for Morrison to score and for Petersen to take third. 3-2 game, and a one-out single by Josh Johnson brings Petersen in to tie it. The opposing pitcher takes a 1-0 sinker from Wang to center and it's tied at 3-3 after four. The 27-pitch inning had Wang up to 72 pitches after four innings in Miami.
• Hanley!! [spits!]™: Josh Johnson retired the Nationals in order on 19 pitches in the 5th, then Marlins' 3B Hanley Ramirez doubled to left on an 0-1 sinker from Wang. The Nats' starter hit Giancarlo Stanton with his 79th pitch of the night and was done after 4.0 IP with two runners on and no one out. Ross Detwiler struck Logan Morrison out with a 90 mph 2-2 sinker, but walked Bryan Petersen to load the bases in the next at bat. Ryan Zimmerman jumped on a sharp grounder toward short by John Buck, but a run was scoring no matter what, and Zim's throw to second pulled Espinosa off the bag. 4-3 Marlins. Bases still loaded, still 1 out. A grounder to Desmond and a 6-3 DP end the inning, but not until after the Marlins took the lead.
• 4-3 Game Feels Like 8-3: Ian Desmond took a four-pitch, two-out walk in the top of the sixth, but Danny Espinosa went down swinging in a three-pitch at bat that ended a 12-pitch inning for the Marlins' Josh Johnson. The right-hander was up to 97 pitches on the night and up 4-3 after five and a half... and out of the game after Donnie Murphy hit for him in the sixth. Detwiler retired the pinch hitter, but game up a one-out single by Jose Reyes, who was 2 for 4 tonight after the one-out hit. Detwiler picked Reyes off though and popped Omar Infante up to center to end the Marlins' half of the frame.
• 12 HR May: After Marlins' right-hander Edward Mujica retired the Nationals in order in a 9-pitch, 1-2-3 7th, Hanley Ramirez singled to center off Nats' right-hander Ryan Perry for Ramirez's third hit in four at bats tonight. Ramirez was 0 for 2 tonight in SB attempts, however, after Nats' catcher Jhonatan Solano threw him out for the second time. Luckily for Ryan Perry, because he gave up Giancarlo Stanton's 12th HR of the month of May in the next at bat. 5-3 Marlins on Stanton's 13th. Edward Mujica retired the Nationals in order in the top of the eighth, setting six-straight down after taking over for Josh Johnson. Tom Gorzelanny walked Jhonatan Solano's brother Donovan Solano with two out in the Marlins' eighth, keeping it a two-run game after eight.
• Adam LaRoche doubled for the 14th time this season on a line drive to right-center on a 95 mph 1-2 fastball from Fish closer Heath Bell. Ian Desmond hit a weak grounder to second to move LaRoche to third. Danny Espinosa K'd swinging for out no.2. Roger Bernadina worked the count full with two down, and took a two-out walk to bring the winning run to the plate in the form of Rick Ankiel who K'd looking at a fastball outside as the Marlins completed the sweep. 5-3 final. Nationals finish nine-game road trip 5-4. Head home for six with Atlanta and New York.
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• Doghouse's Post Game WPA Graph: (Doghouse would have put a funny title here.):
Nationals now 29-21.