A pair of NL East rivals finish up their weekend set in the nation’s capital. The Miami Marlins are on the road as they play the final game of a three-game series against the Washington Nationals Sunday afternoon. Washington won a slugfest in the opening game of the series, taking a 12-10 victory on Friday night. In the middle game of the series Saturday, the Marlins sent Sandy Alcantara to the mound against the Nationals’ Patrick Corbin. First pitch in that contest was slated for 4:05 pm ET.
Miami Marlins Look to Pick Up Victory in Series Finale
Miami actually had solid offensive production in the opening game of the set but their pitching let them down. As a result, the Marlins saw their six-game win streak snapped and entered Saturday 12.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East. Miami got three hits from Jorge Alfaro (two runs, three RBI), including his seventh homer of the season. The Marlins also got homers from Curtis Granderson (his sixth) and Brian Anderson (his fifth) in the defeat. Pablo Lopez ended up with a no-decision as he allowed four runs on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout over 3.2 innings. Nick Anderson (0-1) took the loss as he allowed two runs on no hits with two walks and a strikeout over one inning of relief.
🗣LET 🗣'EM 🗣HIIIIIIT. pic.twitter.com/dElhcHx0E9
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) May 24, 2019
Caleb Smith makes his 10th start of the season for the Marlins in this contest. He comes in with a 3-1 record along with a 2.38 ERA, a 0.887 WHIP, 14 walks and 71 strikeouts over 53 innings of work this season. Smith didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came Tuesday on the road against the Tigers. He threw five innings, allowing two runs on three hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in a game that Miami won 5-4 in 11 innings. Smith is 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, five walks and 26 strikeouts over 17 innings in his last three starts. He won his lone career start against the Nationals, which came at home on April 19. In that contest, he threw six innings, allowing one run on five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in a 3-2 Marlins triumph. Smith, in his 35th career appearance and 28th major league start, pitches at Nationals Park for the first time.
Washington Nationals Battling Injuries, Inconsistency
Washington snapped a five-game losing skid as their bats carried them to victory even with suspect pitching. The Nationals entered Saturday fourth in the NL East, 10 games behind the Phillies in the division race. Washington scored four times in the eighth inning to erase a 9-8 deficit and sent them to victory. Matt Adams (his fourth), Adam Eaton (his fifth), Anthony Rendon (his 10th) and Juan Soto (his eighth) each homered in the win. Kyle McGowin didn’t get a decision in his spot start: he allowed five runs on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts in four innings. Kyle Barraclough (1-1) took the win as he threw one inning, allowing no runs on two hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Sean Doolittle allowed a run on three hits in the ninth but picked up his ninth save of the year.
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B̶i̶g̶ ̶C̶i̶t̶y̶ ̶d̶i̶d̶ ̶a̶ ̶L̶a̶r̶g̶e̶ ̶T̶o̶w̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶n̶g̶.̶
B̶i̶g̶ ̶C̶i̶t̶y̶ ̶d̶i̶d̶ ̶a̶ ̶H̶u̶g̶e̶ ̶N̶e̶i̶g̶h̶b̶o̶r̶h̶o̶o̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶n̶g̶!̶
Big City did a Giant Village thing!@BigCityForReal // #OnePursuit pic.twitter.com/RgIdH0zKzC
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 25, 2019
Erick Fedde steps in again for the injured Jeremy Hellickson as he makes his seventh appearance and second start of the season for the Nationals. He comes in with no record, a 2.87 ERA, a 1.021 WHIP, five walks and eight strikeouts over 15.1 innings of action. Fedde didn’t factor in the decision in his last outing, which was a start against the Mets Tuesday. He threw five innings, allowing one run on four hits with one walk and one strikeout in a game the Nationals dropped 6-5 in walk-off fashion. Fedde didn’t factor in the decision in his lone career start against the Marlins, which came on the road on September 17, 2018. He threw 4.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits with four walks and six strikeouts in an eventual 8-5 Nationals defeat. Fedde is 0-4 with a 6.40 ERA, a 1.578 WHIP, 16 walks and 36 strikeouts over 45 innings in 11 career appearances, eight starts, at Nationals Park.
- Marlins are 6-0 in Smith’s last 6 starts vs. a team with a losing record
- Marlins are 5-0 in Smith’s last 5 road starts vs. a team with a losing record
- Nationals are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. National League East
- Nationals are 1-5 in their last 6 overall
- Nationals are 1-5 in their last 6 games on grass