WASHINGTON — First got here Washington’s Josh Bell, heading for dwelling from second base on a teammate’s single — not at his quickest on account of a proper hamstring problem that saved him out of the earlier sport.
Result: Out on the plate.
Next, mere moments later, got here Yadiel Hernandez, heading for dwelling from second on a teammate’s single — regardless of being given a cease signal by Nationals third-base coach Gary DiSarcina.
Result: Out on the plate.
Those back-to-back baserunning blunders within the fourth inning, with Miami outfielders Jesús Sánchez and Avisaíl García every making a throw to the plate to forestall a run, backed up Joey Wendle’s first homer for the Marlins and helped produce a 5-2 victory over the reeling Nationals on Wednesday night time.
“Two plays at the plate that were pretty much bang-bang,” Bell mentioned. “Six inches away from a different ballgame there. That’s just the way the game goes sometimes.”
Especially these days, it appears, for Washington, which has misplaced six consecutive video games and managed to push throughout a grand whole of 13 runs in that stretch.
Which, supervisor Dave Martinez acknowledged, contributes to perhaps pushing to get some extra scoring for a membership that’s now 6-13 and final within the NL East.
“We’ve got to try to score runs,” he mentioned. “We’re not scoring many runs.”
His lineup managed to take three singles and two walks within the fourth towards Sandy Alacantara (2-0) and switch them into one solitary run within the fourth.
After walks to Juan Soto and Bell round a strikeout of Nelson Cruz, Hernandez delivered a run-scoring single. Keibert Ruiz then singled to heart, however Sánchez threw out Bell on the plate after he was waved round third by DiSarcina.
“He’s struggling a little bit right now. We’ve got to be conscious of that,” Martinez mentioned about his first baseman. “We’ve got to know now that we just can’t push him that much until he really feels better.”
Then Maikel Franco singled, too, and Hernandez tried to come back dwelling from second, too — and he received thrown out, too, this time by García from proper. One distinction: DiSarcina had his left hand prolonged towards the runner and his proper hand aloft in an try to cease Hernandez.
“I was going all the way. I just had that in my head, to try to score there with two outs,” Hernandez mentioned via an interpreter. “By the time I did catch a glimpse of him on the side, it was too late for me to stop. I had to keep going.”
Here’s how Miami supervisor Don Mattingly most well-liked to view the sequence of occasions: “That defense in that inning changed the game a little bit.”
Alcantara prolonged his shutout streak to 17 innings over his previous three begins for the Marlins, who’ve received three of their previous 4 video games.
He ended up giving up one run and 6 hits over six innings earlier than an introduced crowd of 12,613 on a wet night.
“I did a pretty good job tonight,” the right-hander mentioned.
Wendle, who turned 32 on Wednesday, drove an 83 mph first-pitch slider from Josiah Gray (2-2) to heart subject after Sánchez walked and Garrett Cooper singled. Wendle was an AL All-Star for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2021, then was traded to Miami within the offseason.
Anthony Bender pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save in 4 probabilities. It was his first look since giving up a two-run homer to Nolan Arenado within the ninth inning of a 2-0 loss for Miami on April 20.
Marlins: SS Miguel Rojas was out of the lineup for a 3rd consecutive sport with what Mattingly described as an “upper-respiratory thing.”
Nationals: INF-OF Dee Strange-Gordon started a rehabilitation project at Triple-A Rochester. He went on the 10-day IL on April 15; the staff didn’t say why, which has been its coverage for roster strikes involving COVID-19.
Marlins RHP Pablo López carries a majors-best 0.52 ERA into Wednesday night time towards Nationals RHP Erick Fedde, who has a 6.75 ERA.
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