December 2, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 154 Review: 3-run seventh gives Nationals comeback win over the Marlins

The Washington Nationals continued their run toward their goal of securing home-field advantage throughout the postseason with a 3-2 come-from-behind road win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.

In Ryan Zimmerman’s first game back from a stay on the disabled list, the Nationals picked up the 90th win of their stellar 2014 campaign. Zimmerman returned to left field, batting sixth, with the infield lineup in what has become their normal alignment.

The Marlins got on the board first, with Donovan Solano coming home via a Justin Bour single to right field. The Marlins doubled their lead in the fourth, thanks to a pair of Nationals errors. Reed Johnson sent a fly ball deep to center over the head of Denard Span to double, and Johnson got to third after two Nationals missed the cutoff and the ball trickled to near the first-base line. Jordan Zimmerman’s ensuing throw to third went into foul territory, allowing Johnson to score.

Zimmerman (13-5, 2.78) was able to shake off the mishap and pitched six innings, striking out four and allowing five hits.

In the seventh, the Nationals mounted their comeback. Desmond led off with a single to center, and Ryan Zimmerman tripled to right to make his comeback game a memorable one. Wilson Ramos grounded into a fielder’s choice, with Zimmerman cut down at home. Cabrera followed up with a triple of his own, the first time in Nationals history that they’d hit two RBI-triples in the same inning. Washington picked up its final run when Span redeemed himself with a two-out single, scoring Cabrera.

Aaron Barrett relieved Jordan Zimmerman at the start of the seventh, and made quick work of Miami’s 6-7-8 batters. Tyler Clippard sat the Marlins down in order in the eighth with two strikeouts. Drew Storen gave up a pair of one-out singles but got Garrett Jones to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.

NATS NOTES

  • Washington went 1-for-9 with RISP, with Span’s RBI also the only two-out RBI on the night for the team.
  • Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-3 in his return from injury before Nate Schierholtz took his spot in the seventh.
  • The win reduces the Nationals’ magic number to clinch home-field advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs to 5.
About Eric Hobeck

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. Eric contributes to high school sports coverage at InsideNova.com. He served as sports editor of The Rotunda at Longwood University for two years, where he was also the men’s basketball beat writer. He hosted a campus radio show for three years and called basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

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