It is always going to be a tough matchup when you face the Washington Nationals, especially if Stephen Strasburg is on the mound. However, the Miami Marlins saw no challenge on the mound and the team crushed the Nationals 9-0 behind a phenomenal pitching performance from Ricky Nolasco.
1. Nasty was Nolasco: The Marlins sent Nolasco to the mound Tuesday evening to begin a two-game series with the Nationals and with the season the way it is for the Marlins, the expectations are non-existent. Nolasco had a terrific game throwing his first shutout since 2011. He pitched a complete game, his second of the season, garnering his 10th win of the season. He only allowed five hits and struck out five lowering his ERA to 4.10.
2.Unknown steps up: For the Marlins, it cannot always be the big names that step up. With the team the way it is, the no names are bound to have good games. Aside from Giancarlo Stanton‘s 3-for-4, three RBI game, his fellow outfielder colleague Justin Ruggiano played great. Ruggiano was 4-for-4 with a first inning home run off of Strasburg. Ruggiano recorded two RBI in the game as well. Ruggiano has been earning his stripes ever since Emilio Bonifacio went down with an injury. In 69 games for Miami, Ruggiano has batted .314/.376/.583 with 12 homers and 29 RBI.
3. Strasburg off: Strasburg had one of the worst performances of his career allowing seven runs on nine hits and only striking out three batters. He was certainly off the mark in this game. In five innings, Strasburg through 51 of 84 pitches for strikes. The Marlins just were hitting better and enjoyed their home cooking for once this season.
Wednesday, the Marlins will send Jacob Turner (0-1, 4.50 ERA) against the Nationals’ Ross Detwiler (7-6, 3.25 ERA).
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