Working with an 88-90 MPH four-seamer, a mid-to-high 70s curve, and 78-79 MPH change, Washington Nationals’ lefty Ben Braymer tossed five scoreless innings in his first MLB start, giving up just one hit and three walks in an 86-pitch outing in a 15-0 win over the Marlins in Miami.
Braymer made two relief appearances earlier this season, but this was his first start and the southpaw put together an impressive outing in which he received plenty of support...
Braymer vs the Marlins: Predominantly a starter in his minor league career, Ben Braymer’s first two big league outings, earlier this season, had been relief appearances, but with five games in three days this weekend, the Nationals needed to have the 26-year-old, 2016 18th Round pick start in the finale in Miami.
Asked, ideally, what could be expected of Braymer this afternoon, Manager Davey Martinez told reporters this morning that the southpaw was, “good for about 60-75 pitches, but we’ll keep an eye on him. I want him to focus on just getting one out at a time and we’ll go from there.”
Braymer took the mound for his first big league start with a 3-0 lead, and walked the first batter he faced, Jon Berti, but three outs later the runner was stranded at first.
A quick, six-pitch second by Braymer left him at 27 pitches overall, and it was 6-0 in the Nationals’ favor when he came out for the third and worked around a two-out walk for a scoreless, 21-pitch frame.
Jesús Aguilar singled to right with two down in the bottom of the fourth for the Marlins’ first hit of the game, but he was stranded at first at the end of another 21-pitch frame, 69 total.
In spite of the fact that he was approaching his pitch limit, Braymer came back out for the fifth and worked around a one-out walk in a 17-pitch frame that ended his outing...
Ben Braymer’s Line: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 Ks, 86 P, 47 S, 4/5 GO/FO.
Garrett vs the Nationals: Taken 7th overall in the 1st Round of the 2016 Draft, Marlins’ lefty Braxton Garrett made his MLB debut back on September 13th, when the 23-year-old held the Philadelphia Phillies to a run on three hits in five innings.
Garrett was called back up to start the second game of today’s doubleheader in Marlins Park.
The only run that scored in his debut came on a solo home run, and Trea Turner hit the second off the southpaw in the first at bat of this afternoon’s game, hitting the first pitch Garrett threw out to left-center to make it 1-0 Nationals really early.
A walk to Juan Soto and an error on an Asdrúbal Cabrera grounder put two on with no one out, and a wild pitch moved them both up before they scored on a soft pop to right by Kurt Suzuki, 3-0, on the double.
Josh Harrison walked in the next at bat, making it five straight to reach base to start the game, but Braxton held it there, getting out of a 31-pitch frame without further damage.
Kurt Suzuki homered on a 2-0 fastball to lead off the third, 4-0. Suzuki’s 2nd. Carter Kieboom singled with one down, and with two out, the Marlins went to the pen...
Braxton Garrett’s Line: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 Ks, 2 HRs, 62 P, 33 S, 4/2 GO/FO.
BULLPEN ACTION: Nick Neidert took over for the Marlins with a runner on and two out in the top of the third, and gave up a two-run shot to left on a 1-1 changeup to Michael A. Taylor, 6-0, on a laser of a homer. Taylor’s 5th.
Juan Soto singled with one out in the fourth, took third on a double by Asdrúbal Cabrera, and scored on a two-out single to center by Josh Harrison that made it a 7-0 game.
Jake Noll doubled to start the top of the fifth, moved up on a fly to right by Michael A. Taylor, then scored on a two-out RBI single to right field by Trea Turner, whose oppo hit made it 8-0.
Juan Soto doubled in the next at bat, chasing Neidert, and reliever Robert Dugger took over and gave up a three-run home run to right by Asdrúbal Cabrera, who bounced one off the railing of the upper deck for his 8th of the season and an 11-0 lead.
Victor Robles took Dugger deep to left on a 2-2 slider, hitting his first homer since August 22nd to make it 13-0. The two-run blast was the 3rd of the season for Robles.
Luis García and Andrew Stevenson hit back-to-back doubles in the next two at bats and the Stevenson hit made it 14-0, and 15-0 on an RBI single by Asdrúbal Cabrera.
James Bourque gave up a leadoff double by Starling Marte, (which was just the second hit for the Marlins), after taking over in the sixth, but he left the mound in the next at bat with an apparent injury though nothing obvious happened. Ryne Harper finished off the inning.
Harper came back out for the bottom of the seventh and retired the side in order to end it.
Final Score: 15-0 Nationals
Nationals now 20-32