National League Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, April 17th
(All times eastern)
Washington Nationals (8-6) at Miami Marlins (3-11), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Washington - Ross Detwiler (0-0, 0.69)
Miami - Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 3.12)
(Sports Network) - Lefty Ross Detwiler looks for a third straight stingy
outing - and a first victory of 2013 - when the Washington Nationals visit
Marlins Park on Wednesday night to wrap up a three-game series with the Miami
Detwiler, who picked up 10 of his 16 career big-league wins last season,
opened this year with six innings of one-run ball while getting a no-decision
in the Nationals' 7-6 win in Cincinnati on April 6.
He went seven innings and again allowed just one run six days later against
Atlanta, but again got a no-decision in a game Washington lost, 6-4.
The former first-round pick - sixth overall, 2007 - has allowed just 10 hits
in 13 overall innings while walking three batters, striking out six and
allowing a paltry .213 opposition batting average.
He's just 3-15 in 36 career road games, compared to a 13-7 mark at home.
In two outings last season at Marlins Park, he was 0-1 while allowing six hits
and three runs in 7 2/3 innings.
For Miami, 30-year-old righty Ricky Nolasco faces the Nationals for the second
time this month.
He allowed three hits and two runs across six innings in a 2-0 loss to
Washington on April 1, which dropped his career record against the Nationals
to 11-6 in 21 appearances - including 19 starts.
Nolasco has subsequently pitched 11 1/3 innings and allowed 13 hits and four
runs in starts against the New York Mets and Philadelphia while getting no-
decisions in both games.
The Marlins lost both games.
On Tuesday, Adeiny Hechavarria knocked a three-run home run and the Marlins
defeated the Nationals, 8-2.
Justin Ruggiano had three RBI, Greg Dobbs drove in two runs and Juan Pierre
scored twice and had two stolen bases for the Marlins, who came into the game
having not homered in nine straight games, tying their franchise record set by
the 1993 expansion team.
"I was beginning to think that the home run sculpture out there wasn't plugged
in," said Marlins manager Mike Redmond. "So I'm glad to see that it's working
and it is definitely plugged in."
Marlins starter Alex Sanabia (2-1) allowed two runs on six hits and three
walks over six innings in the victory, only their third in 14 games this
Tyler Moore and Steve Lombardozzi had one RBI apiece for the Nationals, who
saw starter Dan Haren (1-2) struggle, giving up seven runs -- three earned --
in 4 1/3 innings.
"I thought he pitched a lot better," said Nationals manager Davey Johnson. "We
didn't seem to swing the bats too good and it's just one of those days."
The Nationals swept Miami in a season-opening series at Nationals Park while
outscoring the Marlins, 11-1. The teams split 18 games in 2012.
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