Erick Fedde struck out 10 of the 25 batters he faced in 6 1⁄3 innings pitched tonight in Miami, setting a new career-high in Ks, and the Washington Nationals’ 2014 1st Round pick held the home team off the board in loanDepot park through six, giving up just six hits, one walk, (to the final Marlins’ hitter he faced), and one run in a 103-pitch effort in what ended up being a 5-1 win for the Nats.
Fedde vs Miami: Erick Fedde snapped a 10-start winless streak last time out before tonight, earning the win in a 12-6 victory over Toronto in which he gave up five hits, three walks, and three runs.
“I really liked my stuff today, just kept finding myself in situations where guys were on base and I was battling to get big outs, so just my pitch count rose in that sense,” Fedde said, in explaining his relatively brief, 94-pitch performance against the Blue Jays.
He did want to go deeper in the outing, but his manager said there is one way to do that.
“In the fifth inning he had 94 pitches, he wanted to go back out, but I told him, ‘You need to get 94 pitches in the seventh inning and maybe I’ll send you back out there,’” the manager joked.
Tonight in Miami, Fedde tossed three scoreless on 48 pitches, and came back out for the fourth with a 3-0 lead, courtesy of a 2-run blast by Tres Barrera, and an RBI single by Lane Thomas, and gave up a leadoff single by Jesús Sánchez, and a double by Brian Anderson, but Sánchez went too far around third as the Nationals got it back in quickly and threw to the bag to get the first out. Two Ks around a wild pitch got Fedde out of the inning after a total of 15 pitches, which left him at 63 after four.
Fedde gave up a one-out single in the Marlins’ fifth, but a line drive to first base started an unassisted, inning-ending double play, with Ryan Zimmerman making the catch and then stepping on the bag. 15-pitch frame, 78 total, and he added two Ks for a career-high 10 of them in 13-pitch frame which left him at 91 total on the night.
Back on the mound in the seventh, Fedde gave up a couple hard-hit balls, the second a one-out single, and then issued his first walk of the game before the Nationals went to the ‘pen...
Erick Fedde’s Line: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 Ks, 103 P, 69 S, 2/3 GO/FO.
Luzardo vs D.C.: Jesús Luzardo, the 23-year-old, 2016 3rd Round pick by the Nationals, who was dealt to the Oakland A’s in the 2017 trade that brought Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to D.C., then subsequently traded to Miami before last month’s trade deadline, has struggled this season, with a 6.87 ERA, 16 walks, 40 Ks, and a .297/.360/.555 line against in 13 games (six starts) and 38 IP for the Athletics, and a 9.68 ERA, 16 walks, 17 Ks, and a .309/.443/.588 line against in four starts and 17 2⁄3 IP for the Marlins.
“He’s got a good fastball, live fastball, likes to pitch up in the zone,” Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez said before tonight’s game, offering a scouting report on the southpaw.
“He can be somewhat a little bit erratic, so we’ve got to be patient, we got to get him in the zone, but his stuff is really good, I don’t know him personally, I know that he was a top prospect here, went to Oakland, has done well, so we’ve got a tough task today, and like I said, we got to get him in the zone, so our guys are going to be prepared, but we got to swing at strikes.”
Taking on the club that drafted him for the first time tonight, Luzardo tossed three scoreless to start the series opener, but Yadiel Hernández tripled to right field with one out in the top of the fourth, and scored the easy way when Tres Barrera clobbered a hanging 2-2 curve for a two-run home run to left and a 2-0 Nats’ lead. Barrera’s 2nd of 2021.
Luis García followed with a double to right in the next at bat, and he moved up on a groundout and scored on an RBI hit to center by Lane Thomas for a 3-0 lead.
Juan Soto lined a single to left to start the fifth, and scored on a Ryan Zimmerman home run to left in the next at bat, when Zimmerman crushed a 2-2 change from Luzardo and hit a no-doubter for his 12th of 2021.
A single by Tres Barrera with two out ended Luzardo’s outing...
Jesús Luzardo’s Line: 4.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks, 2 HRs, 93 P, 64 S, 4/2 GO/FO.
Yadi vs Lefties: Nationals’ outfielder Yadiel Hernández started the series opener in Miami with a .333/.404/.595 line vs LHPs in 2021 (vs a .286/.344/.393 line vs RHPs) with power from both sides of the plate (3 doubles, 3 HRs in 125 PAs vs RHPs/2 doubles, 3 HRs over 47 PAs vs RHPs), and he went 2 for 3 against Marlins’ lefty Jesús Luzardo, singling the first time up and then tripling in his second trip to the plate, before he scored the first run of the first game of the series with the Fish on a 2-run HR by Tres Barrera.
Bullpen Action: Former Nationals’ pitcher Ross Detwiler took over for the Marlins with two out in the fifth and Miami trailing 5-0, and got the final out of the frame.
Austin Pruitt came on for the Fish in the top of the sixth, and retired the Nationals in order to keep it a 5-0 game in the visitor’s favor.
Pruitt returned in the seventh and struck out two in a 15-pitch frame.
Andres Machado took over with two on and one out in the bottom of the seventh, and the right-hander got the second out on a swinging K by Alex Jackson before giving up one run when Jesús Aguilar lined an RBI single to left field to make it a 5-1 game in the Nats’ favor.
Righty Bryan Mitchell retired the Nationals in order in the top of the eighth.
Kyle McGowin picked up two Ks in a quick, 16-pitch, 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth.
Mitchell returned to the mound in the top of the ninth, and walked Victor Robles to start the frame, then gave up a single by Alcides Escobar, and walked Juan Soto intentionally to load the bases in front of Ryan Zimmerman with one out, and Zimmerman scorched a one-hop liner to second that started an inning-ending 4-6-3 DP.
Kyle Finnegan came on to end it with a four-run lead, and worked around a two-out single to end it.
Final Score: 5-1 Nationals
Nationals now 54-70