Game 44 Review- Nationals 8 @ Marlins 2

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Ben Revere’s first inning stolen base led to Washington’s first run on Sunday at Miami in a game that Nats would win 8-2.  Revere had two steals on the day to register his first stolen bases of the season.

The Nationals ended their three game series in Miami with an 8-2 victory that allowed them to not only win the set at Marlins Park by two games to one, but also ended their six game road trip against the Marlins and the Mets with a 4-2 record. Heading home to Nationals Park for a rematch with the Mets, Washington is 1.5 games up over the New Yorkers in the National League East.

NATIONALS 8  @ MARLINS 2     Nationals’ Record (27-17)

WP- Scherzer (5-3)     LP-  Conley (3-3)

HR-  Bour, Mia (9) 

STARS OF THE GAME

Third Star-  It wasn’t a no-hitter or a 20 strikeout performance, but Max Scherzer gave the Nats an excellent effort on Sunday.  He struck out eight, walked no one and allowed only six hits as he picked up his fifth win in eight decisions on the season.

Second Star-  Leadoff man Ben Revere sparked the visitors on Sunday.  He led off the first with a line drive single off of Miami starter Adam Conley, stole second, moved to third on a Jayson Werth grounder to second and scored on Bryce Harper’s sacrifice fly to short centerfield. In his second at bat Revere executed a perfect drag bunt for a single, eventually stole third base and scored on Daniel Murphy’s hit.  Later, the suddenly hot lefthanded swinger drove home two runs with a sixth inning hit that chased Conley from the game.  Revere became the fourth Nationals’ player to have three hits, two runs, two RBI and two steals in the same game, and the first since Ian Desmond did so on September 13, 2014 at Citi Field against the Mets. Other Nats’ hitters to achieve that feat were Elijah Dukes (6/20/2008 v.s Texas in a 14 inning 4-3 Nats’ win) and Lastings Milledge (in Washington’s 8-7 loss at Florida on 9/14/2008).

Star of the Game-  Since moving to the sixth spot in the lineup, Anthony Rendon has looked like the player that many considered one of the top hitters in the National League in 2014.  Rendon went 2 for 4 with three RBI (his first three RBI game since 8/23/15 when he drove home three runs against Milwaukee), and also shined with the glove as he made several sparkling plays to support Scherzer.

Valiant in Defeat-  The ageless Ichiro Suzuki had two more hits on the game, moving within 44 of the 3,000 hit mark.  Suzuki almost had a third safety, but was called out by the replay umpires after he had been ruled safe on a slow bouncer to Rendon at third.

NOTES

Miami walked nine Nats’ batters on the game, marking the second time this season that the Marlins have walked that many opponents. The first time came back on April 7th at Nationals Park, when the Marlins also issued nine free passes.  Despite the wildness from their, the Marlins pulled that game out by a 6-4 score.

The Marlins’ Justin Bour hit another impressive home run, this one an upper deck blast off of Scherzer in the bottom of the seventh that gave Miami its only two runs. Bour has three home runs on the season against Washington.   The most by any player against the Nats in a season is eight, set by Andruw Jones of Atlanta in 2005 and equaled by Ryan Howard of Philadelphia in 2007 and Raul Ibanez, also of the Phils, in 2009.

Wilson Ramos had a solid game, going 2 for 3 with a run scored and two walks.  The two free pass game was the second of 2016 for Ramos. The Nats’ catcher also did the trick back on May 10th in Washington’s 5-4 loss to Detroit.

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