Game #15 Recap: Detwiler Fantastic Again

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One night after a depleted lineup, aided by a poor pitching performance, got shellacked by the Miami Marlins; the Nats turned to Ross Detwiler to ensure that one loss did not turn into a streak. Detwiler fully obliged and stole the show as he is in every one of his starts thus far, going seven innings on 107 pitches allowing one lone run on seven hits while striking out five.

The offense, with Bryce Harper back in the lineup, did something it does not do often: get to Ricky Nolasco. Well, somewhat. In the top of the second, following a LaRoche single and a Desmond single and stolen base a groundout and sac-fly brought both home to put the Nats up 2-0.

The game was fairly quiet until Kurt Suzuki hammered one out of the park to put the Nats up 3-0. The Marlins would score their lone run in the bottom of that inning after Chris Valaika doubled and was brought home on a Donovan Solano single. The Nats nullified that run in the top of the 6th on the same turn of events when Harper doubled and was driven in on an Adam LaRoche single to put the score at 4-1. The Nats plated one each against Ryan Webb and Chad Qualls to bring us to the final score of 6-1.

Detwiler secured his first win of the season after three superb starts. He spent most of the evening, as he has most of this early season, throwing his fastball and doing so effectively throwing 80 of 107 for strikes. Harper went 4-5 after missing last night’s game due to illness. Kurt Suzuki ended up getting the tough part of the cycle out of the way with a home run and a triple but struck out looking in his third AB and never had a 4th to even have a legitimate shot at the cycle. In an interesting turn of events Ryan Zimmerman was double-switched out of the game in the bottom of the 8th inning. I’d imagine it’s just to get him rest when a game is well in hand as he’s dealing with a minor hamstring issue and with a tough stretch of 17 straight games starting on Friday, it’s probably not a bad idea.

The Nats are back at it at Citi Field in New York on Friday to face the Mets for a three game set.

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