The Miami Marlins lost 2-0 to the Washington Nationals on Opening Day, thanks to two record-breaking home runs by slugger Bryce Harper. However, starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco, who took the loss after giving up both homers, can keep his head high after the defeat.
“The kid’s locked in,” Nolasco said, according to Marlins.com. “He had a good spring. I didn’t make the best pitches to him, and he didn’t miss them. That’s what good hitters do. Obviously, with the spring he’s had, he’s seeing the ball really well, and he’s not missing those mistakes.”
Nolasco, who has spent his entire career with the Marlins, pitched a good game despite being the victim of Harper’s Opening Day heroics. Considering the contest occurred in front of 45,274 fans, the most ever for a regular season game at Nationals Park, it is not surprising that the Nationals were jacked up to play.
With that being said, the Marlins understand that it was just one game and they should not expect the same intensity in Wednesday’s matchup. “Them raising the banner in front of 45,000, and a guy like Strasburg on the mound. It won’t get too much more intense throughout the season,” Juan Pierre said.
Nolasco allowed two earned runs on three hits while striking out five batters in six innings. Against any other team on Opening Day, one would figure this would be a good enough performance to win the game. Unfortunately, with Stephen Strasburg on the mound, it is difficult to for an offense to muster anything more than three hits.
Miami is expecting big things from Nolasco this season, so it is certainly comforting to watch him have a decent amount of success against one of the most potent teams in the National League.