With a stomach bug afflicting two-thirds of their starting
outfield 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
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.