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Nats Nightly on the Nationals' 6-4 loss to the Marlins, RISP issues

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Miami Marlins' pitchers gave the Washington Nationals plenty of opportunities, but the Nats' hitters struggled with runners in scoring position in what ended up a 6-4 loss in the home opener in the nation's capital. We talked about the game after the show.

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With the Washington Nationals trailing 3-0 after a half inning in the home opener, they rallied to load the bases with one out in the bottom of the first, setting Jayson Werth up with an early opportunity to get things going at the plate.

Werth went down swinging, but new Nats' second baseman Daniel Murphy stepped in next and tripled to right field, clearing the bases by bouncing a three-run hit off the wall in front of the Nationals' bullpen to even things up at 3-3.

"It's easy to say what happened, when they're pitching -- we didn't get any two-out hits. The difference in the ballgame is that they got two-out hits..." -Dusty Baker on the Nationals' offensive issues on Thursday

Over the next eight innings, Nationals' hitters went 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position in what ended up a 6-4 loss to the Miami Marlins.

Marlins' starter Adam Conley issued two walks in the first to load the bases after a double by Anthony Rendon, and over the next eight innings, Miami's relievers issued seven more, but the Nats failed to take advantage of the free passes.

So what happened?

"What happened?" Baker asked rhetorically after the question was posed to him in the post game press conference.

"They got us out. It's easy to say what happened, when they're pitching -- we didn't get any two-out hits. The difference in the ballgame is that they got two-out hits and the two-out hits they got weren't necessarily hard.

"We hit the ball harder than they did, but you can't guide the ball. Sometimes, it's one of those nights when the ball is falling their way and it's not falling your way. Sometimes there's no explanation about what happened. It's like, you're going to lose 50, win 50, like they say, and what you do with the other 62 games in the middle that's what -- and who knows -- tonight might have been one of those 50, because it seemed whatever they did was right and whatever we did was wrong. It was one of those games."

The Nationals struck out seven times total with runners in scoring position on the day, failing to take advantage of the opportunities Marlins' hitters were providing.

"I'd like to think it's an aberration, but we got nine walks," Baker said. "They were walking us, but we couldn't come up with that big hit other than Murphy's."

The loss to Miami, followed a long night in Atlanta and a late flight back to the nation's capital, but the veteran skipper was reluctant to blame the loss in the home opener in D.C. on the travel.

"You hate to use the late get-in, but you could see sort of the guys' concentration level wasn't the same, like it had been in the past," he explained.

"Tomorrow's off day is coming right on time. It was a long game, short night, and you're going to enjoy, hopefully, this day off and sleep in some and come back strong the next day."

Game two of the three-game set with the Marlins takes place on Saturday afternoon in Nationals Park.

• We talked about the loss to Miami, Jayson Werth's struggles at the plate and more on last night's edition of Nats Nightly: