January 23, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 141 Review: There’s No Bottom, Jim, Nats Lose 2-0 in Miami


The Nationals couldn’t wipe the grin off Jose Fernandez’s face Saturday night, try as they might. The Marlins’ young hurler was in rare form against the Nationals, racking up 7 strikeouts through five innings of work in his first start since Tommy John surgery last October. Tanner Roark returned to the starting rotation for 4.2 innings of work, giving up two runs on five hits, before leaving on the hook for the loss.

The Nationals’ made good contact on Saturday, but their deep fly balls were all contained by Marlins’ Park, with several deep knocks contained by its mammoth bounds and lack of any kind of weather patterns. Ian Desmond, Bryce Harper, Tyler Moore, and Michael Taylor all hit balls that might have left a smaller park, but were just long outs.

The Marlins put together two runs on moxie, seven hits, and a hit batsmen. J.T. Realmuto drove in Christian Yelich in the fourth, and Justin Bour drove in Yelich again in the fifth. The Marlins put up seven hits in the fourth and fifth innings, sending 13 men to the plate in two frames. Martin Prado continues his Nationals-killer role, going 2-for-3 with a walk. Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-4, moving 70 short of 3,000 hits.

Only Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper were able to put hits on the board for the foundering Nationals. Jayson Werth and pinch hitter Trea Turner both drew walks, as well, but that was the limit for the foundering Nationals. Danny Espinosa, Jayson Werth, Ian Desmond, Wilson Ramos, and Tyler Moore all put up 0-fers.

You can’t sugar-coat the struggles this team is experiencing, nor should you. The cold light of day shines poorly on this roster, and the march of time will only shrug in disappointment. This roster had every opportunity to turn Washington into a baseball town, but games like Saturday’s will only turn this town colder to the siren song of a summer’s night at the ballpark.

Twenty one games remain.

HERO: No heroes tonight, mostly because one hit does not a hero make.

GOAT: No goats, either, unless you put it on the whole squad.


  • Drew Storen punched a locker in frustration Wednesday night, and broke his thumb. He’s done for the year, in all likelihood, and a cursed ending to his cursed time as a National. I wish Drew the best going forward, knowing that he’ll likely be dealt in the off-season.
  • Joe Ross and Tanner Roark swapped places Saturday, as Ross worked from the bullpen in the sixth inning.

NEXT UP: Sunday finale against the Fish. Scherzer vs. Hand, 1:10pm.

About Tom Bridge

Tom Bridge is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Nationals. Tom has been in love with baseball since he was 10. He is a founding editor of We Love DC, where he covered the Nationals and Capitals as a credentialed writer for four seasons. He grew up as an Oakland Athletics fan in the Central Valley in California, where he learned to appreciate Bill King, Mark McGwire and even Tony LaRussa. By day, he is a partner at Technolutionary LLC, where he handles IT operations. He cannot abide the Cardinals. You can follow Tom on Twitter @TomBridgeDSP.

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