The Miami Marlins wrapped up the series with a great victory Sunday afternoon. The Marlins, backed by a great effort from starter Ricky Nolasco, defeated the Washington Nationals 8-0. The Marlins move to 63-78 on the season with the victory.
1. Ricky Nolasco dominant: The Marlins bullpen needed a break and they needed it bad. Thankfully, Ricky Nolasco took to the mound and gave the Fish a much needed complete-game shutout. Picking up his 12th win of the season, Nolasco struck out six batters and only allowed four hits. Nolasco did not allow a hit until the fifth inning when Michael Morse singled.
2. Offensive support: The Marlins topped eight runs on Edwin Jackson and the Nationals. Giancarlo Stanton was dominant as usual hitting his 33rd home run totaling two hits and an RBI on the day. Justin Ruggiano and Rob Brantly both had RBIs and doubles as well. Greg Dobbs was 3-for-4 on the day but did not record an RBI. It was an impressive game for the Fish.
3. Nationals non-existent: Only four hits for the Nationals was not the day the team wanted. Bryce Harper was one of those four players to record hits. Chad Tracy recorded his seventh double and was the only extra base hit the Nationals had all game long. The team left four batters on-base and was 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
The Marlins will continue the road trip Monday as the team gets ready for a series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Wade LeBlanc (2-3, 2.72 ERA) will take on Kyle Kendrick (8-10, 3.96 ERA).
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