Game #14 Recap: Weakened Nats Get Rolled by Marlins

With a stomach bug afflicting two-thirds of their startingoutfield the Washington Nationals came in at below full strength against the Miami Marlins. The offense struggled to produce missing on-base wizard Denard Span and phenom Bryce Harper and another rocky start by Dan Haren let the Marlins roll with an 8-2 win.

Haren, in his third start of the year, was rolling through three innings, allowing only one hit on just 37 pitches. After getting the first out of the fourth inning, Haren induced an easy ground ball to third from Placido Polanco. But Ryan Zimmerman airmailed the throw to first, picking up his fourth error on the season, and the trouble began. Two singles, a groundout and a home run by Adeiny Hechavarria later and the Nats had dug themselves into a 4-0 hole.

Things didn’t get any better for Haren in the fifth inning as he was only able to record one out before loading the bases and giving up another run on a walk to Greg Dobbs. That was enough for Davey Johnson as he pulled Haren in favor of reliever Craig Stammen. Stammen gave up a double to add two more runs to Haren’s tally, before finally finishing off the inning. Haren finished the game giving up seven runs, three earned, on seven hits, a walk and two strikeouts.

The Nats offense finally got something going in the top of the sixth inning when back-to-back doubles by Tyler Moore and Steve Lombardozzi scored two runs. But it was too little, too late for the Nationals.

The Marlins scored another run in the seventh on a Greg Dobbs single to extend their lead, but at that point it was never in doubt.

With the loss the Nationals dropped to 8-6 on the season. The Nats look to take the rubber match tomorrow in a match-up between Ross Detwiler and Nats-killer Ricky Nolasco.

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