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Wednesday, August 28th
(All times Eastern)
Miami Marlins (49-81) at Washington Nationals (66-65), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Henderson Alvarez (2-3, 3.86)
Washington - Stephen Strasburg (6-9, 3.00)
(Sports Network) - Stephen Strasburg threw an eight-inning gem in his last
trip to the mound. The only problem was he tried to go nine innings.
Strasburg returns to the hill on Wednesday night to pitch the second contest
of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins.
The right-handed Strasburg has a victory and three no-decisions in four starts
this month, though he seemed on track to secure a victory last Thursday versus
the Chicago Cubs.
Strasburg held the Cubs to a run and four hits through the first eight
innings, taking a 4-1 lead into the ninth. However, he allowed a run-scoring
single with two outs before serving up a game-tying two-run homer to Donnie
Murphy, ending the starter's night.
Washington recovered to win in 13 innings.
"What a great effort. I know he was upset, but he pitched a heck of a ball
game," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said of Strasburg, who struck out eight
batters and is 6-9 with a 3.00 earned run average in 25 starts this season.
The 24-year-old is 5-3 with a 3.77 ERA in 11 career meetings versus the
Marlins, but lasted just two innings the last time he faced them on July 12 in
Miami. Strasburg was charged with a season-high seven runs in the loss.
The Marlins counter with 23-year-old Henderson Alvarez, who has lost back-to-
back outings and is coming off a 6-0 setback to the Los Angeles Dodgers on
Alvarez, in his 10th start of the season, was charged with a season-high five
runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings. He also hit two batters
and fell to 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA on the year.
The righty faced Washington for the second time in his career on July 14 and
did not get a decision, giving up two runs over 6 2/3 frames.
Looking to keep a playoff push rolling, the Nationals won for the seventh time
in 10 games by taking last night's opener 2-1. Both runs came in the first
inning, with a Jayson Werth ground out bringing home Ryan Zimmerman one batter
before Ian Desmond smacked an RBI single.
The pitching staff took it from there. Starter Ross Ohlendorf hurled five-plus
innings, his lone mistake a solo homer served up to Christian Yelich to lead
off the sixth.
"We did a good job of getting some runs early against a good pitcher,"
Ohlendorf said. "The bullpen did really well today. To give them four innings
like that and shut them out ... I wish I pitched deeper, but they did a great
job picking me up."
In doing so, the Nationals pulled within seven games of the Cincinnati Reds
for a wild card spot.
Yelich went 2-for-4 for the Marlins, who were held to just four hits and have
lost six of their last seven.
Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi tossed six innings, allowing two runs on eight
hits. The right-hander also fanned six batters in his fifth straight loss,
having not won since July 12.
"I felt comfortable, but I usually run into some trouble in the first inning,"
Eovaldi said. "I felt like I located my pitches for the most part, but they
put the ball in play and got some hits."
The Nationals have won seven of 10 versus the Marlins this season, including a
three-game sweep in Washington to begin the season.
08/28 10:43:02 ET