Nathan Eovaldi held the Washington Nationals to three runs on three hits and four walks in six innings of work in his one start against the Miami Marlins' divisional rivals earlier this season in an 8-3 win at home in Marlins Park. Eovaldi, 23, and the Fish take on the Nats at 7:05 pm EDT tonight in the nation's capital where the two team start a three-game set. On the mound for the Nationals is Ross Ohlendorf, who came on in relief of Stephen Strasburg in that same game Eovaldi started in Miami and threw four scoreless in his only appearance against the Marlins this season.
Ohlendorf makes his third start of the year for the Nationals tonight in the nation's capital. Last time out against the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field, the 31-year-old right-hander threw 91 pitches in just 4 1/3 IP of an 11-6 win on the road.
"[Ross] Ohlendorf was pitching real good, and he kind of ran of gas," Davey Johnson told reporters after that outing. The Nats' skipper took some of the blame, however, noting that it was Ohlendorf's first start coming off the DL and it's always different (more taxing) pitching in the majors. "I was hoping [Ohlendorf] could give me 90 pitches," Johnson said, "but really I should have held him to about 80."
Ohlendorf is 1-4 in his career against Miami, with the lone win, as the Nationals' pregame notes mention, coming back when he was a starter with the Pittsburgh Pirates, "... on April 20, 2009 at PNC Park," and since then, "... he's 0-4 with a 6.12 ERA in 5 games/4 starts against the Fish." Ohlendorf will also have to deal with Marlins' basher Giancarlo Stanton, who starts the three-game set in Nationals Park with a .360/.437/.843 line (32 for 89), 10 doubles and 11 HRs in Washington, D.C. in his career, though he's just 1 for 9 with a double in the Nationals' home so far in 2013.
• Here's the Nationals' lineup for tonight's game:
Today's #Nationals lineup vs. MIA: Span 8, Zimmerman 5, Harper 7, Werth 9, Desmond 6, LaRoche 3, Ramos 2, Rendon 4, Ohlendorf 1— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) August 27, 2013