GBU GAME 135: Marlins Win Slugfest 9-6

Posted by Dave Nichols | Saturday, September 05, 2009 | , , , , , , | 0 comments »

"We had a lot of chances. We just could not get the big hit. It was a combination of they made their pitches at the right time and the bullpen threw six innings of one-run ball." -- Nationals interim manager Jim Riggleman, Sept 4, 2009.


THE RESULT: The Washington Nationals managed to come back from two four-run deficits, but never could overtake the Florida Marlins, eventually falling 9-6 -- for their seventh straight defeat -- before a small, but vocal crowd of 16,364.

Garrett Mock (L, 3-7, 5.63) was ineffective in his three innings. He gave up six earned runs on seven hits and three walks, giving up two home runs -- to cleanup hitter Jorge Cantu and backup catcher John Baker.

The Nats had plenty of offense early themselves, getting three extra base hits among the seven given up by Marlins starter Sean West. Ryan Zimmerman and Alberto Gonzalez both had RBI triples, and Josh Willingham hit his 22nd home run of the season.

But Burke Badenhop (W, 6-4, 3.84) shut the Nats down and out, giving up just one hit and one walk in his three innings.

THE TAKEAWAY: This could have been a different game had Josh Bard been able to get a hit in either of the bases-loaded situations he had. He went 0-for-5 on the night with three strikeouts, and a whopping 10 men left on base.

The Nats left 11 men on as a team.

THE GOOD: Five hitters had two or more hits apiece. Just a shame they couldn't connect with the bases loaded.

THE BAD: Cristian Guzman. 0-for-5 in the two-hole.

THE UGLY: Bard. Very simply, he didn't come through tonight. You have these nights. The Nats have a lot of them.

NEXT GAME: Saturday at 7:05 pm. Livan Hernandez (7-9, 5.26) versus Cy Young candidate Josh Johnson (13-4, 3.08).

NOTES: The Nationals added LHP Victor Garate to the roster before Friday's game. Garate was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers to complete an Aug. 30 trade for IF Ronnie Belliard.

Washington also activated C Jesus Flores from the 15-day disabled list, but he is still strengthening a right shoulder injury and will initially be limited to pinch-hitting duties.

NATS LOSE TWO STARTERS: Craig Stammen, who was scheduled to start tonight, but was scratched with elbow soreness, will undergo surgery on Sunday to remove a bone spur. Team physician Dr. Wiemi Douoguih will perform the surgery and Stammen will miss the remainder of the season.

Collin Balester has a intercostal strain of his left side. The Nationals have decided to shut him down for the remainder of the season as well.