MIAMI - The Nationals still had a shot to hold on to their lead in the sixth inning and then again a chance to stay in the game when they tied at 5-5 in the seventh. But each time the Marlins put together a rally highlighted by multiple walks and multiple hits.
The Marlins rallied to win 8-5 Monday night in the series opener at Marlins Park.
Reliever Jimmy Cordero surrendered four consecutive hits in a three-run Marlins rally in the sixth that turned a 4-2 lead into a 5-4 deficit.
Reliever Koda Glover walked two and allowed two hits as the Marlins scored two runs in the seventh to turn a 5-5 tie into a 7-5 lead.
Manager Davey Martinez wants his young relievers to not hurry when they feel like the at-bats are slipping away.
“They need to take a step back and breathe,” Martinez said. “Don’t let the game speed up. Talk about this all the time. Just limit the damage in those situations, really. When you come in and walk guys? It’s tough. Especially when you walk the leadoff hitter. Those guys tend to score. You know what? They’re young and they need to learn.”
Martinez pointed to Cordero’s inning as an example of when you have a batter on the ropes, don’t allow him back into the at-bat. Waste some pitches in the dirt, see if you can bait a swing.
“Cordero gave up a couple real cheap hits,” Martinez said. “But then again, I tell him you have two strikes. You got to bury those pitches. There’s no way they should be putting those in play with your stuff. He’s going to learn and he’s going to be really good too.”
Tonight right-hander Stephen Strasburg faces off against (8-7, 3.87 ERA) takes on right-hander Sandy Alcántara (2-0, 1.42). In Strasburg’s last four starts against the Marlins, he has gone 4-0 with a 0.67 ERA.
Martinez spoke post game Monday about the Nats desperate situation as games run out.
“We got to win every one,” Martinez said. “Bottom line come back (Tuesday). We got to concentrate on (Tuesday). We got to win these games. We’re still in it. I know those guys. They aren’t going to quit. Let’s forget about this one, come back (Tuesday) and win (Tuesday).”
WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MIAMI MARLINS
Where: Marlins Park
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, MLB.com
Weather: 73 degrees, indoors
RF Adam Eaton
SS Trea Turner
CF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Juan Soto
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Matt Wieters
2B Wilmer Difo
RHP Stephen Strasburg
2B Starlin Castro
3B Brian Anderson
C J.T. Realmuto
1B Peter O’Brien
CF Lewis Brinson
SS Miguel Rojas
LF Austin Dean
CF Magneuris Sierra
RHP Sandy Alcántara