Welcome to MASN’s live thread for today’s Nationals-Marlins game at Sun Life Stadium. I’ll have updates and analysis throughout the game, and whether you’re just watching the game on TV or following online, you can participate by commenting in this thread. Or, if you’re on Twitter, you can tag tweets with #masnnats, and they’ll be included in the chat.
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Thru 4: John Lannan is off to a rough start against the Marlins. He’s thrown 63 pitches through three innings, walking one, hitting one and giving up a base hit before the inning really got away from him. He allowed a three-run homer to Hanley Ramirez that put the Marlins up 4-2, which is where we sit now. He needed just 13 pitches to get through the fourth, and the Nationals haven’t exactly played solid defense behind him. But he’s had trouble getting pitches over for strikes in a small strike zone, and though he’s doing a better job keeping his fastball down, he’s given up some key hits and walks at the bottom of the order. And Josh Johnson has retired nine of his last 10 batters, which means the Nationals might have had their chances against the Marlins ace.
Thru 7 1/2: The Nationals got Johnson out of the game after six innings, but their problems at the plate have continued against the Marlins’ bullpen; they’ve struck out 11 times today, eight against Johnson. And the Marlins hit Lannan hard enough that this game was essentially over before the Nationals could get into Florida’s bullpen. Lannan gave up six runs on nine hits in five innings, and there have to be a few concerns with him at this point. He’s had just one strong start this year, and has been doing damage control for the rest of them. There are varying theories on whether Lannan is as good as he’s been the last two years or has simply been the beneficiary of good luck. But he doesn’t have much going for him right now, and he’s likely going to take another loss today with the Marlins up 7-3 midway through the eighth.