It was a nice two game win streak but things got back to reality fast Saturday as the Washington Nationals took it upon themselves to send the game into the 10th inning and defeat the Miami Marlins 7-6 after a Corey Brown game-winning single with the bases loaded.
1. Marlins up early: Heading into the eight inning the Marlins were up 6-3. It was more than enough for the team to get the victory. First inning home runs from Gorkys Hernandez and Giancarlo Stanton should have set the tone for the ball game from the get-go. Then, RBIs from John Buck and Justin Ruggiano in the fifth definitely should have capped it off. However, as you may already know, it didn’t.
2. Bullpen leaves skid mark: Last night was a rare occurrence as the bullpen was able to handle the final innings of the game, to a point. Saturday afternoon, the ‘pen allowed four runs including two from A.J. Ramos, who has given up three runs in two innings pitched this season sinking his ERA to 13.50. Chad Gaudin gave up the final run that allowed Ian Desmond to score. An average night for the bullpen to say the least.
3. Buehrle cruised: Mark Buehrle started the game for the Marlins and was on his way to a victory before the damnation from the bullpen. He put together seven strong innings striking out five batters and allowing three runs on five hits in the game, two of them on home runs. It was essentially a win for Buehrle, he was so close he could taste it.
The Marlins will wrap up the series against the Nats Sunday. Ricky Nolasco (11-12, 4.64 ERA) will go to the mound to face Edwin Jackson (9-9, 3.63 ERA).
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