Game #69 another 1-run loss to the Fish

The Washington Nationals made three comebacks in last night’s game to tie the score to only lose it on a bizarre play to put the 15th loss on the Nats bullpen. The offense scored five runs to back starter Trevor Williams, but in the end, he couldn’t do his job to control the runs and gave up five against a Marlins offense that isn’t good past their superstar Luis Arraez who is batting .390 on the season but just came off of an 0-15 slide to post a 5-5 game with three key RBIs include a 2-run bomb against Williams.

In all, the Nats have three one-run losses in four games this season with the Marlins, and the other game ended in a two-run loss against the Fish. The time is now how to figure out how to beat the team from Miami.

After skipping Jake Irvin for one turn in the rotation, he is back at it. We will see if the rest and some vigorous bullpen sessions have helped him. His 8.41 ERA in his past five starts are bad, but FIP shows he probably has been better than that with a 6.72 number and a .324 BABIP.

““We were down [early]. We got a good pitcher in there [with Sandy Alcantara]. … We had a couple of opportunities to score again. We just couldn’t capitalize.

We always talk about not walking guys because, especially early in innings, it’s going to bite you. But overall, I thought we did well, we played well, we came back, we kept coming back. We just couldn’t score any runs at the end.”

— manager Dave Martinez said after yesterday’s game

The Nats starting pitchers have a combined ERA of 4.53 for 19th best in MLB. This is the lowest ranking the Nationals have had since early April. Williams put up a dud, a day after MacKenzie Gore put up a gem. What will Irvin do today?

Here is how they rank:

No. 5 Starter: Jake Irvin 5.81 ERA
No. 4 Starter: Patrick Corbin 4.81
No. 3 Starter: Trevor Williams 4.50
No. 2 Starter: MacKenzie Gore 3.74
No. 1 Starter: Josiah Gray 3.19

Here is your Baseball Savant Statcast link for the game.

Programming note for those who are interested in watching Paul Skenes and Dylan Crews in the College World Series at 7:00 pm EDT on the flagship ESPN channel as LSU faces Tennessee.

Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals

Stadium: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
1st Pitch: 4:05 pm EDT
Radio: 106.7 The Fan radio and via the MLB app

Line-up subject to change (without notice):

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