Washington’s Nationals took a 3-1 lead into the seventh this afternoon, but things went all pear-shaped in the home-half of the inning, with the Miami Marlins rallying for four runs in the frame to take a 5-3 lead, which held up as the Fish avoided a sweep in the three-game set in South Florida, and snapped an 11-game losing streak against their NL East rivals.
Voth vs the Fish: In six starts this season, before taking on the Marlins this afternoon, Austin Voth had a 3.86 ERA, 10 walks, 32 Ks, and a .232/.312/.429 line against in 30 1⁄3 IP. Voth was on the mound in Miami taking on the Fish for the first time in his career coming off back-to-back starts against the Atlanta Braves in which he gave up seven hits, four walks, and a total of three earned runs in 9 2⁄3 IP (2.79 ERA), striking out 12 of the 37 batters he faced in those outings.
Voth took the mound today with a 1-0 lead, courtesy of an RBI single by Anthony Rendon, and gave up a leadoff double by Magneuris Sierra on the first pitch he threw. Sierra took third on an error by Juan Soto on the play, before a sac fly by Starlin Castro tied it at 1-1.
That’s all the Nats’ right-hander gave up through five, as he held the Marlins to the one run on three hits, walking three, and striking out three, but he was up to 81 pitches after a two-out double in the bottom of the fifth inning, and he was done for the day at that point...
Austin Voth’s Line: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 Ks, 81 P, 53 S, 3/5 GO/FO.
López vs the Nationals: Back on May 24th in the nation’s capital, Marlins’ righty Pablo López gave up seven hits and four runs in 3 2⁄3 IP, over which he threw 83 pitches, and he didn’t do much better the second time out against Miami’s NL East rivals, giving up six hits (three of them home runs), and six earned runs total in three innings on the mound in Miami.
His third start of the season against the Nationals began with three straight singles, with Trea Turner, Adam Eaton, and Anthony Rendon all connecting for hits, with Rendon’s line drive to center bringing Turner in for a 1-0 lead with no one out in the first. That was all López gave up though, as he limited the damage in the opening frame.
It was 1-1 in the fourth when López walked Juan Soto to start the inning, gave up a single by Howie Kendrick, threw a wild pitch that allowed both runners to advance, and gave up the second run of the game for the Nationals on a grounder to short by Brian Dozier, 2-1.
López got what looked like an inning-ending double play on a Victor Robles’ grounder after the run scored in the fourth, but the Nationals challenged the call, saying second baseman Isan Díaz’s foot was over but not on the bag, and the call was reversed. Yan Gomes got an intentional walk to put two on for the pitcher, Austin Voth, whose first MLB hit was a blooper to center that brought in the Nationals’ third run, 3-1.
Pablo López’s Line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 89 P, 56 S, 10/2 GO/FO.
Fish Kill: The Nationals started the series finale with the Marlins with an 11-game win streak going against Miami, and a 15-3 record against their NL East rivals this season, which tied the record for the most wins against a single opponent in one season in franchise history (2005-present), matching the 15 they won 2014 vs. NYM, 2016 vs. ATL). Which would all have been great and topical if the Nationals didn’t blow this one in the bullpen, failing in their attempts to sweep the series and get a 16th win over the Fish.
BULLPEN ACTION: Kyle Keller came on for the Marlins in the top of the sixth, and worked around a walk for a scoreless frame.
Hunter Strickland worked around an error in a scoreless, eight-pitch, six-strike, bottom of the sixth to keep it a 3-1 game in the Nationals’ favor.
Jarlin García worked around a two-out walk to Juan Soto (0 for 1, 3 BBs) in a scoreless top of the seventh.
Strickland came out for another inning of work in the bottom of the seventh and gave up a leadoff home run by Austin Dean on a 96 MPH 3-1 fastball, 3-2 Nats. Strickland hit the next batters, Lewis Brinson, and was done for the day, replaced by Wander Suero, who threw a pick attempt by first, moving the potential tying run into scoring position.
Suero got Curtis Granderson swinging at a 2-2 cutter for the first out of the inning, but gave up a walk to Magneuris Sierra, and both runners scored on a line drive double to right field by Jon Berti, 4-3 Marlins.
Tanner Rainey took over and gave up an RBI triple to left by Starlin Castro, 5-3 Fish.
Ryne Stanek got the top of the eighth for the Marlins, and worked around a walk to Victor Robles for a scoreless frame.
Javy Guerra tossed a scoreless bottom of the eighth to keep it a two-run game.
Jeff Brigham came on in the ninth looking for the save, and retired the Nationals in order to end it.
Nationals now 85-69