Tuesday, March 21, 2023

De La Cruz Homers in 10th place, Marlins beat Nationals again

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Brian de la Cruz hits a two-run homer with a foul pole The Washington Nationals continued to dominate the Miami Marlins in the 10th inning on Monday with a 3-2 win.

The Marlins won a rare 11:05 start this year by beating the Nationals for the 12th time in 13 games, including seven games in a row. He extended his winning streak to five and went back two games to the halfway point of the .500.

De La Cruz became the latest Miami player to hit a major hit during the run, after leading a two-run home run by Jess Sanchez in the ninth Sunday. and jesus aguilar took abode in the house on saturday and doubled, His fifth homer this season came from Tanner Rainey (1-3), who dropped Sanchez’s shot less than 24 hours ago.

It was the first time de la Cruz had made a home in the ninth inning or later in his major league career.

Miami’s Braxton Garrett cruised through seven innings on 61 pitches before things fell away from him in the eighth. His first and only walk proved costly when Ehir Adrienza finished second and scored on an RBI single from Luis García that sent Garrett into the rain.

With top relievers Anthony Bass, Steven Okert and Tanner Scott unavailable after each pitching for three consecutive days, manager Don Mattingly stitched together eight outsiders, along with Zach Pop, Jimmy Yakabonis and Dylan Floro. Yacabonis (1-1) won after scoring in ninth place, and Floro made his second defense in as many days – his first two this season.

Washington’s Patrick Corbin made quick work of the Marlins for most of his seven innings, scattering eight hits and scoring four runs at a time. The only run he missed came in the third, when Luke Williams reached a bunt single, passed on the sacrifice of Billy Hamilton and scored on a single from Jesus Aguilar.

One of baseball’s worst pitchers at the start of this season, Corbin has 2.37 ERAs and 22 strikeouts in 19 innings in the last three starts.

double trouble

The Nationals fielded three double plays this season, adding 80 to their major league-leading total. One of them scored a run in the 10th, second baseman Joy Wendell flipped his glove backhand To shortstop Miguel Rojas while falling after catching Garcia’s grounder.

soto pinch-hits

While Juan Soto was not in the national lineup, the superstar outfielder did a pinch-hit in the eighth inning and walked a day after leaving the game with a tightness in his left calf. Soto said an MRI didn’t show damage, And he figures that he will take it day by day.

“Everything was fine,” said Soto. “We’ll be good. It’s a little tight, so just take a couple days and see how it goes,” he said.

instructor room

Marlins: 1b Garrett Cooper was not in the lineup after making a wrong move during Sunday’s game. … Wendall, with a strained right hamstring, pinch hit on every other day’s sports schedule since returning Friday from a month’s absence.

Citizen: While Soto’s MRI showed good news, a look at the pain in Jackson Tetroult’s right shoulder showed a stress fracture. The team placed him on a 15-day insured list and called up RHP Jordan Weems.


Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (8-3, 1.95 ERA) made her debut in July after being named NL Pitcher of the Month for June on Tuesday against RHP Noah Syndergaard (5-6, 3.86) and Los Angeles Angels Angels initiates. The start of the two-match series in Miami.

Nationals: RHP Paolo Espino (0-1, 2.80) starts in LHP Christopher Sanchez and the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game series start on Tuesday.


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