Wil Crowe gave up six earned runs on four hits and two walks in just 2 1⁄3 innings pitched, and the Miami Marlins tacked on runs against Washington’s bullpen and took the second game of today’s doubleheader in Marlins Park by a final score of 14-3.
Also Brock Holt got to pitch. Yep. 2020, y’all. Is it over yet?
Crowe vs MIA: Wil Crowe made his big league debut against the Marlins back on August 22nd, giving up six hits, two walks, and four runs (two earned) in 3 2⁄3 IP before Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez pulled the plug on the 26-year-old starter’s big night.
Crowe came back up from the Alternate Training Site to take on the Braves in start No. 2 in the big leagues, and gave up four hits, four walks, and three earned runs in just 2 1⁄3 IP.
Going up against the Fish again in start No. 3, Crowe took the mound with a 2-0 lead, but gave up a solo home run by Corey Dickerson on a 3-2 fastball low and in that the Marlins’ leadoff man went down and got, 2-1.
Crowe got out of the first inning without further damage, but he gave up a second leadoff home run in the bottom of the second inning, with Brian Anderson hitting a 1-2 sinker out, deep to left field to tie things up a 2-2.
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Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out in the Marlins’ third, and a second free pass put the Marlins up by a run and ended Crowe’s outing...
Wil Crowe’s Line: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 Ks, 2 HRs, 62 P, 29 S, 2/0 GO/FO.
Castano vs D.C.: Marlins’ lefty Daniel Castano faced four batters when he started against the Nationals in the nation’s capital last month, giving up a hit, two walks, and two runs.
He was lifted at that point, in a seriously abbreviated outing, but in two starts since he’d tossed 8 1⁄3 innings in two starts, with just one unearned run crossing the plate, though Castano allowed 11 hits and gave up four walks in those outings.
Castano was facing a Nationals club that started today’s doubleheader with a combined .292/.347/.509 line vs LHPs, good for 2nd/7th/2nd across the line in the majors this year.
Trea Turner and Juan Soto singled in back-to-back at bats to start tonight’s game, and both of them scored, Turner on a Kurt Suzuki sac fly, and Soto on a two-out RBI single to right by Josh Harrison, 2-0 Nationals after one.
Victor Robles tripled on a fly to right with one down in the Nats’ half of the fifth, at which point the Marlins went to the pen...
Daniel Castano’s Line: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 63 P, 41 S, 5/3 GO/FO.
SotOBP: Juan Soto took an intentional walk to extend an on-base streak to 20-straight games this afternoon, and a single in his first at bat tonight took it up to 21.
That streak, Nationals’ PR mentioned, matches a career-high set between August 24th and September 16, 2018).
BULLPEN ACTION: Kyle McGowin took over with the bases loaded and one out in the third, and got a weak grounder back to the mound by Miguel Rojas, but it was weak enough that it allowed a run to score ahead of McGowin’s toss to catcher Kurt Suzuki, 4-2, and two runs scored on a Lewis Brinson single to left, 6-2.
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James Bourque came on for the Nationals in the bottom of the fourth, and retired the side in order in a 10-pitch frame.
Yimi Garcia took over for Miami after a one-out triple by Victor Robles in the fifth, and the right-hander walked Trea Turner to put runners on the corners for Juan Soto, who sent an opposite field, RBI single to left, 6-3 Marlins.
Garcia balked Turner and Soto over a bag each with Kurt Suzuki at the plate, but Suzuki K’d looking to end the top of the inning.
Bourque came back out for the bottom of the fifth and issued back-to-back walks to the first two batters, then gave up a three-run home run on a 3-2 fastball to Brian Anderson, who hit his second of the game to make it 9-3 Marlins.
Ryne Harper gave up a two-out RBI single by Corey Dickerson, 10-3.
Brad Boxberger retired the Nationals in order in the sixth.
Aaron Barrett (after a long mound-maintenance delay) struggled with his command (and his landing spot apparently) and hit the first batter he faced, then walked the second, before he left the game after a talk with the trainer and manager Davey Martinez.
Martinez joked after the Nationals signed Brock Holt, a super-utility guy who played every position but pitcher and catcher in his career, that he might have to get him on the mound.
“We’re going to try to get him to pitch, obviously he wants to ... no.”
But after Barrett left the game, Holt got the call and took the ball ... and promptly gave up a three-run home run by Brian Anderson on a 1-2 curveball that went out to left, 13-3, and 14-3 on an RBI double by Chad Wallach.
Nick Vincent wrapped this one up with a scoreless top of the ninth. Time to sleep.
Final Score: 14-3 Marlins
Nationals now 19-30