May 27, 2018

Washington Nationals Game 15 Review: Detwiler leads Nats over Fish in series finale

Ross Detwiler was known as one of “The Other Guys” last season, but the Washington Nationals nominal No. 5 starter is making a name for himself this season. Wednesday in Miami, he became the second pitcher in franchise history (joining Pedro Martinez) to begin a season with three consecutive starts of six-plus innings and one or fewer earned runs, leading the Nats to a 6-1 win over the Marlins.

Detwiler (W, 1-0, 0.90) relied heavily on his sinking fastball, as he has all season. He mixed in a few more off-speed pitches in his third start of the season, but was again incredibly reliant on his heavy sinker. He allowed one earned run on seven hits and walked none, striking out five. He threw 80 of his season-high 107 pitches for strikes.

Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano both pitched scoreless, hitless innings of relief to wrap up the tidy victory for the Nats (9-6).

Washington was paced on offense by Bryce Harper (4-for-5, run, RBI), who was still shaking off the effects of the flu, and Kurt Suzuki, who went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs from the No. 8 hole. Adam LaRoche also had a multi-hit night, going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

THE STATS: 11 hits, 1 BB, 10 Ks. 3-for-9 with RISP, 7 LOB. E: Desmond (1, fielding).

NEXT GAME: Friday v. New York Mets at Citifield at 7:10 pm. Stephen Strasburg (1-2,  2.95) faces Matt Harvey (3-0, 0.82).


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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