Harper Swings, Nats Miss

DC Sports Nexus ---- Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Marlins 3, Nationals 1

The Florida Marlins took the series and the win from the Nationals on Tuesday night in Florida winning 3-1 making that 19 straight wins for Anibal Sanchez against DC.

E-Jax didn't pitch terrible, but he did have a costly error on a pickoff play at first that eventually cost him a run and took him out of the game.  One run ain't gonna win it.  Sanchez was just better for the Marlins.  Anibal gave up 0 earned runs and only 3 hits.

Jhonatan Solano got his first Major League hit in his first Major League AB, a double off of Heath Bell in the 9th, but other than that, there weren't many offensive highlights.  Dezzy had 2 hits and Harper hit in his 9th straight game.

The Nationals only run was unearned in the 5th inning, after a stolen base & error helped get a runner on 3rd.  The next move was a suicide squeeze which new callup Corey Brown laid down perfectly.

The defining moment for the Nats happened in the 8th inning.  With 1 out and a runner on 1st, the Marlins pitcher Steve Cishek pulled an H-Rod and couldn't find the plate.  He walked 2 guys on 9 pitches and up came Bryce Harper with the bases loaded.  Harper came up hacking, swinging 3 times and striking out on a ball.  Zim came up and grounded out to end the inning and kill the Nationals chances of winning the ballgame.

So why did Harper have the go sign when the pitcher was choking away the game?  Was that a manager trusting a hitter who crushed his previous ball for a 400 foot triple?  Was it a young guy trying to win the ballgame with one swing?  Was it just the impatience of youth?  Whatever it was, it looked like the incorrect move.

In the 9th inning a jacked up Hanley Ramirez jacked the ball out of the ballpark to seal the deal for the Marlins.  That guy was having fun out there and making watching baseball fun.

Nats try to salvage one tomorrow...

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