If Josh Rogers isn’t your current favorite starter in the Washington Nationals’ rotation, what team are you watching?
Given another opportunity tonight in Miami, the lefty threw 7 2⁄3 strong against the Marlins, giving up just a run in what ended up a 7-1 win in which he allowed five hits and two walks.
He also threw a little shade at Jazz Chisholm, Jr., which, all in good fun, surely:
Rogers vs Miami: Last time out against the Marlins, Josh Rogers tossed five scoreless in which he gave up just one hit, in what ended up an 8-6 loss to Miami in D.C.
In three starts since he was called up, Rogers had a 2.60 ERA, 4.49 FIP, five walks, 12 Ks, and a .213/.290/.344 line against in 17 1⁄3 innings pitched, going into a second consecutive start opposite the Nationals’ NL East rivals tonight.
“So far so good,” Davey Martinez said when asked what he’d seen from the lefty in the first three starts with the Nats. “Nothing seems to rattle him. He goes out there and seems like he’s under control, and he’s done well, so he’s going to get another opportunity here in five days to go back out there and start again, so I like what I see.”
Rogers took the mound tonight in Miami and gave up a leadoff double by Miguel Rojas on the second pitch he threw, a 1-0 fastball, and Rojas took third on a fly to center off of Jazz Chisholm’s bat, but was stranded there two outs later, at the end of a seven-pitch bottom of the first.
The lefty got up to 4 1⁄3 scoreless, but left an 0-2 slider up in the zone to Marlins’ catcher Nick Fortes with one out in the fifth and gave up a 403-foot solo home run that got the home team on the board, up 1-0 after five in the second of three for the Nationals on the road in loanDepot park.
Fun Fact: Did you know that "Fortes" means "Strong" in Portuguese. pic.twitter.com/xodp9YPMPR— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) September 22, 2021
Rogers’ teammates took a 4-1 lead in the top of the sixth, and the southpaw kept rolling on the mound after that, and he held the Marlins to one run through seven, on just 84 pitches, so Davey Martinez sent him back out for the bottom of the eighth, with a 3-run lead, and he retired two batters before giving up a single by Miguel Rojas, and a walk to Jazz Chisholm, Jr. before manager Davey Martinez went to the bullpen...
Josh Rogers’ Line: 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks, 1 HR, 103 P, 67 S, 9/3 GO/FO.
Rogers vs D.C.: Starting against the Nationals last week in Washington, Miami Marlins’ lefty Trevor Rogers gave up seven hits and a walk, but he allowed just one run in four innings.
That outing left the 23-year-old, 2017 1st Round pick (No. 13 overall) with a 2.71 ERA, a 2.70 FIP, 44 walks, 141 Ks, and a .222/.297/.328 line against in 122 2⁄3 IP on the season.
Going up against the Nats tonight, at home in loanDepot park, Rogers tossed five scoreless on 77 pitches, striking out nine, but he took the mound with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth and issued a leadoff walk to Alcides Escobar, who moved up on a wild pitch, and after a Josh Bell single, scored from second on Keibert Ruiz’s RBI single to left, though he had to run through Marlins’ catcher Nick Fortes to score the tying run, with the backstop drifting into the baseline going for the throw to the plate.
Yadiel Hernández followed with an other RBI single, on another grounder to left, driving in Bell, and with the score 2-1 in the Nationals’ favor, Rogers was done for the night...
Trevor Rogers’ Line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 Ks, 96 P, 60 S, 6/0 GO/FO.
Keibert Heating Up: With a three-hit night in the series opener in Miami on Monday, 23-year-old catcher Keibert Ruiz had three-hit games in three of his last four, going 9 for 16 over that stretch (.563/.588/.625).
“He made a little bit of adjustment, he’s staying back a little bit better, he’s a little more upright from the top half, and it seems to be working out, so he’s doing well,” Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez said before tonight’s game.
Ruiz went out and went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI at the plate. So, four multi-hit games in his last five.
Bullpen Action: Anthony Bass took over for Miami with two on and one out in the sixth, and gave up a run-scoring single by Jordy Mercer, who drove Keibert Ruiz in but was thrown out trying for second on the hit, 3-1, and 4-1 on an RBI single by Luis García, before the Marlins got out of the top of the sixth.
Bass came back out in the top of the seventh and worked around an error for a scoreless frame to keep it a 4-1 game.
Sean Guenther retired the Nationals in order in the top of the eighth.
Andres Machado took over for the Nationals with two on and two out and Bryan De La Cruz at the plate for the Marlins, and walked him to load the bases in front of Jesús Sánchez, but Sánchez grounded into a force at second to end the threat. Still 4-1 Nationals.
Righty Taylor Williams gave up a one-out single by Luis García, a two-out walk to Lane Thomas, after a passed ball and a wild pitch, and a two-out, two-run double by Alcides Escobar, who’s 17th two-base hit made it a 6-1 game.
Juan Soto drove Escobar in with his second hit of the game, his 19th double of the season, 7-1.
Mason Thompson retired the Marlins in order in the bottom of the ninth to end it. Ballgame.
Final Score: 7-1 Nationals
Nationals now 62-89