Nats Can't Stop the Sweep

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

Nationals 3, Marlins 5

Chien-Ming Wang got the start tonight to and went out to stop the Nats from getting swept.   Unfortunately, he seemed to be fighting with himself to get the ball over the plate all night, an issue that eventually got the better of him in the 4th inning where he allowed the fish to tie to game up.  Then in the 5th inning, Wang put two men on base and Detwiler had to come in to work out of the jam, but Miami would take the lead on a Zimmerman throwing error.

Washington had the lead early thanks to RBIs from Espinosa and Bernadina, but the bats fell silent as the game went on.  Bryce Harper, in particular, had a rough night at the plate going 0-4.    The Nats hit several balls that probably would of been home runs in any other ball park, but not in the cavernous Miami stadium.  In the 7th inning, Stanton slammed a homer to left field and Miami laughed to themselves knowing that they have the only guy who can regularly knock a ball over the outfield fences in South Beach.

Heath Bell came into get the save in the 9th and made things interesting.  LaRoche hit a double and was moved over to third by Desmond on a ground out.  Espinosa struck out (surprise, surpise), but Bernadina worked a walk.  Ankiel came into pinch hit, but got himself called out on strikes to end the game.  As the dust settled, the Nats found themselves only .5 games ahead of Miami for 1st place in the NL East.  

FP quote of the night:
"Hanley Rameriez has the quickest bat...    Wow that's a pretty bold statement.
...on a 2 seem fastball...   Oh well that's a little less bold.
...down and in...   Uhh okay. the national league."   Riiiight.

Nats get an off day tomorrow before they start a home series against the Braves.  You can be sure the Braves will be looking for a little revenge after getting swept by us at home, so it should be an interesting series.

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