7:10 PM ET, July 12, 2013
Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
Marlins pound Nationals, hand Stephen Strasburg worst loss of career
The Marlins spotted Strasburg three runs in the first, but responded in a big way.
"Obviously, that first inning wasn't how anybody drew it up," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "I don't think anybody anticipated that. Fortunately for us we were able to come out there and have some great at-bats."
Strasburg (5-7) allowed a career-high seven earned runs and tied a career-high with four walks in two innings after the Nationals gave him a 3-0 lead.
"He's been awfully good, but this time was the one bad one," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "It was just a tough time. We got him the lead and he had some problems."
It was his shortest outing since he pitched two innings on May 31 at Atlanta. He left that game early because of a lat strain that forced him to go on the disabled list.
"Today was one of those days where Strasburg really looked out of whack," Redmond said.
Washington has lost four of five.
Nathan Eovaldi (2-0) settled down after the tough first inning and held the Nationals without a run over the next five innings. He struck out five and walked four.
"I kind of let the first inning get the best of me," Eovaldi said. "The guys picked me right back up as soon as we got in the dugout, which was huge for them to put together the at-bats they did against Strasburg."
It was rare run support for Strasburg, who entered the game with a 2.45 ERA but was unable to hold the lead.
"I couldn't throw a strike," Strasburg said. "It's frustrating. Throw ball one, ball two to every single batter."
Strasburg walked three of the first four batters he faced, and Ozuna made him pay with a bases-clearing triple to deep center field that tied the game 3-3.
"I was facing him a couple years ago in low-A when he made a rehab start, and I struck out," Ozuna said. "He threw harder before and now he is 96 sometimes -- 93, 92 is the average of his fastball. He threw very hard 99, 98 with a big curveball, no chance to get a hit.
"Now we face him and I got my hit, a big hit."
Derek Dietrich and Eovaldi followed with RBI singles, and the Marlins sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning and led 5-3.
"I wasn't planning on going out there and giving up five runs in the first inning, but it is what it is," Strasburg said. "You just have to hang in there, I guess. It's tough. It happens to everybody. It's all about how you bounce back."
Stanton's ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot into the Nationals bullpen in right field, stretched Miami's lead to 7-3.
Adeiny Hechavarria, who singled in the first to extend his career-best hitting streak to 11 games, had an RBI double in the seventh to make it 8-3. Hechavarria is batting .442 (19 for 43) during the streak.
Game notesStrasburg dropped to 1-4 with a 4.66 ERA in nine road starts this season. He also gave up seven runs on Aug. 28, 2012, against the Marlins, but only five were earned. ... Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez will start on Sunday, replacing Kevin Slowey, so Alvarez can get another start before the All-Star break. ... Marlins RHP Chad Qualls will be placed on the paternity list on Saturday and then join the team in Milwaukee after the break. ... Marlins rookie All-Star RHP Jose Fernandez (5-5, 2.83 ERA) will take the mound on Saturday against Nationals RHP Dan Haren (4-10, 6.00 ERA).
MIAMI, FL - JULY 12: Pitchers Henderson Alvarez #37 (R) and Jose Fernandez #16 (L) of the Miami Marlins prepare...(Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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|Thu 8/29||@WSH 9, MIA 0||Recap|
|Fri 9/6||@MIA 7, WSH 0||Recap|
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|Sun 9/8||WSH 6, @MIA 4||Recap|
|Thu 9/19||@WSH 3, MIA 2||Recap|
|Fri 9/20||@WSH 8, MIA 0||Recap|
|Sun 9/22||MIA 4, @WSH 2||Recap|
|Sun 9/22||@WSH 5, MIA 4||Recap|
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|1st||A LaRoche doubled to deep right, D Span and I Desmond scored, B Harper to third.||2||0|
|1st||J Werth grounded out to shortstop, B Harper scored.||3||0|
|1st||M Ozuna tripled to deep center, J Ruggiano, G Stanton and L Morrison scored.||3||3|
|1st||D Dietrich singled to right, M Ozuna scored.||3||4|
|1st||N Eovaldi singled to right, D Dietrich scored, A Hechavarria to second.||3||5|
|2nd||G Stanton homered to right (385 feet), E Lucas scored.||3||7|
|7th||A Hechavarria doubled to left, D Dietrich scored.||3||8|
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|Stadium||Marlins Park, Miami, FL|
|Attendance||16,861 (45.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jerry Layne, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Alan Porter, Third Base - Mike Estabrook|
What Went Wrong for Strasburg: * Threw 33 strikes on 66 pitches (50% is worst of his career) * Career-high 7 ER allowed * Tied his career-low with 2 IP * Walked 4 batters (tied for 2nd-most of his career) * Threw 1st-pitch strikes to just 7 of 15 batters (47% is 5th-worst of his career)[+]
Stephen Strasburg - Friday at Marlins
Stephen Strasburg allowed a career-high seven earned runs Friday in just two innings. His seven earned runs are as many as he allowed in his previous four starts COMBINED.
Stephen Strasburg allowed 5 ER in the 1st inning vs the Marlins. It's the first time in his career he allowed 5 runs in a single inning. The five runs also tied a season-high for the Marlins in a single inning.
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