Again, the Miami Marlins got out to a great start to the game, but in the latter half the relievers failed to hold on, and extra innings were forced by the Washington Nationals. Luckily for the Fish, a three-run 10th inning, led by a Jose Reyes triple, lifted the Marlins over the Nats 9-7.
1. Jose Reyes clutch: With two on and one out in the top of the 10th inning, Reyes got up to bat to face Tyler Clippard. On Clippard’s third delivery to the shortstop, Reyes hit a line drive that would score base runners Justin Ruggiano and Bryan Petersen to give the Marlins an 8-6 lead. That was more than enough for the rest of the bullpen to handle as it would be the deciding factor in the game. Reyes finished 3-for-6 with three RBI and two total triples on the night.
2. Jacob Turner solid, but no win: Marlins top pitching prospect Jacob Turner went looking for his first win ,and even after a solid six inning, two-run, four-hit ball game, Turner still found himself without the victory at the end of the night thanks once again to the Marlins bullpen.
3. Marlins rip Strasburg: This was the Nats’ flame-thrower Stephen Strasburg’s second-to-last start for Washington this season, and even though the D.C. team had been on a bit of a hot streak, Strasburg was ripped for five runs on six hits including two home runs to Rob Brantly and Giancarlo Stanton. Strasburg is only 2-1 in four starts against the Marlins this season. His last win against the team came on Aug. 5.
The series will continue Saturday as Mark Buehrle (12-12, 3.73 ERA) faces off against Ross Detwiler (9-6, 3.15) in what looks to be a very underrated pitching match-up.
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