August 17, 2019

Washington Nationals Game 140 Review: More of the same as bullpen falters in seventh

Like a broken record, the Washington Nationals allowed their opponent to score the deciding run in the seventh inning and the Nats fell to the cellar-dwelling Miami Marlins 2-1 in Miami.

Coupled with the New York Mets 5-1 win over Atlanta, the Nats fell 8 1/2 games back in the N.L. East and 11 games back of the wild card with 22 games to play.

Friday’s culprit was Casey Janssen. The veteran reliever was called upon to start the inning and immediately ran into trouble. Catcher J.T. Realmuto smacked an 89 mph fastball on a line to left for a double. He went to third on Ichiro’s sacrifice when Janssen erroneously tried to get the lead out and all hands were safe. Rookie Miguel then lined out to right to plate Realmuto for the difference-maker.

The Nats hitters were unable to mount a rally against a pair of Marlins relievers in the eighth and ninth.

Starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez deserved a better fate. He gave up just one run on four hits and three walks, striking out four. He threw 50 of his 87 pitches for strikes. It was a typical night for the lefty, pitching in and out of trouble, but he kept the Marlins off the scoreboard for the most part.

The hitters couldn’t get much going against Miami starter Jarred Cosart, who gave up four hits and three walks in five innings. Bryce Harper went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts and Ian Desmond took the collar in four at bats.

The Nats only run came in the sixth against reliever Kyle Barraclough. Yunel Escobar singled to lead off the inning and on an errant pickoff throw he moved up to second. Escobar advanced to third on Desmond’s long fly out to right and scored on Wilson Ramos’ fly out to center.

That was the entirety of the Nats offense for the night.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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