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Nationals' Erick Fedde seeks another strong outing vs. Marlins
Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals
- The Nationals lead the season series, 8-5, but the Marlins have won three of the last four. On July 19, Washington won 18-1 over Miami. It was the most runs they have scored in game since July 31, 2018, when they scored 25 against the Mets.
- The Marlins have won three of their last five games. They are just 10-34 in their last 44 games away from home. They have a team ERA of 3.44 in 10 games in September after a 5.34 team ERA in 28 games in August.
- The Nationals were 40-38 at the end of June but are 19-46 since. They are 44-66 (.400) against the NL East the last two seasons (2020-21) after having a 44-32 (.579) record against their own division in 2019.
- Bryan De La Cruz has 45 hits in his first 39 career games. That is the most hits through 40 games by any MLB player to make his debut this season. In three games against the Nationals this season, he is 7-for-10 (.700) but with just one run scored and zero RBI.
- Juan Soto is hitting .571 (12/21) with seven runs scored in his last six games. He has multiple hits in five of the six games. He had five multi-hit games in his previous 34 games. He is hitting .306 in 10 games against Miami this season and .306 in 58 career games.
- Sandy Alcantara allowed one run in nine innings in a no decision against the Mets last Wednesday. His 114 pitches thrown in the game were a career high. Paolo Espino allowed zero runs in five innings in a no decision in his last start against the Marlins on July 20.
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Washington Nationals starter Erick Fedde will look to continue his success against the visiting Miami Marlins when the teams meet in the second game of a three-game series Tuesday night.
Fedde (6-9, 5.31 ERA) is looking to halt a recent string of rough outings. Over his past three starts, he is 0-1 with an 8.16 ERA, having allowed 22 hits and two walks in 14 1/3 innings.
Last time out, Fedde gave up four runs on five hits in six innings against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. He struck out seven without a walk but allowed three home runs in a no-decision.
"He was good, just some ... momentum mistakes," Washington manager Dave Martinez said after the Nationals lost the game 7-6 in 10 innings. "We go over a game plan, and he just decides he's gonna just throw a fastball when he shouldn't, and it gets hit a long way. And not just throw a fastball. You want to throw a fastball, can't throw it down the middle. That's hurt us quite a bit."
Fedde will be happy to see the Marlins, against whom he owns a 3-0 lifetime record with a 0.98 ERA in five starts. This year, he is 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA in two starts vs. Miami. The win came on Aug. 24, when he surrendered one run in 6 1/3 innings and struck out 10.
Former Nationals draft pick Jesus Luzardo (5-7, 6.72 ERA) will start for Miami. The 23-year-old left-hander has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his past three starts, and the Marlins (61-83) won all three contests.
On Thursday, he limited the New York Mets to two runs on two hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings as the Miami rallied late for a 3-2 win. He struck out eight, matching his season high.
"A little bit of command (issues), but for the most part he was making pitches," Miami manager Don Mattingly said. "He got us into the game and (kept us) in it. Nothing got away from us."
Luzardo has faced Washington once in his career, on Aug. 24 in Miami. He gave up five runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings as the Marlins won 5-1.
Both pitchers would face a challenge in trying to duplicate the effort turned in by Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara on Monday. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and left after eight innings of one-hit baseball in Miami's 3-0 win.
Alcantara struck out seven without a walk, throwing 96 pitches. He stayed in the game after being hit on the leg by a Juan Soto smash that caromed to his first baseman for the out that ended the fourth inning.
"He was electric," said Mattingly, whose team is 10-7 since an eight-game losing streak Aug. 16-24.
Miami's Jesus Sanchez singled home a run in the first, and Alex Jackson provided a cushion when he smacked a two-run double in the eighth.
Josh Bell broke up the no-hitter when he lined a single off the wall in right with two outs in the seventh.
"Obviously after the fourth or fifth inning, everyone knows (about the no-hitter)," Bell said. "You're just trying to capitalize on mistakes. I felt like he did a good job of keeping people off the barrel, aside from Soto up to that point."
The only other National to reach base off Alcantara was Keibert Ruiz, who reached on an error in the sixth. The Washington catcher was back in the lineup after getting hit in the head with a pitch on Saturday.
The Nationals (59-85) have lost four of their past five.
--Field Level Media
Updated September 14, 2021