MIAMI - After looking like they were firmly in control of this game, the Nationals have all of a sudden lost their lead.
Livan Hernandez threw 35 pitches, gave up three hits, walked two and - most importantly - allowed four runs in the fifth inning as the Marlins pulled even with the Nationals. The biggest blow was John Buck’s bases-clearing triple, which scored three runs and nearly left the park.
The ball hit the yellow line at the top of the center field fence on an angle and bounced back onto the field, but didn’t clear the wall. After a review, the original call of a triple was upheld, and the Nationals stayed tied with the Marlins instead of falling behind.
But with Hernandez having walked five batters and thrown 97 pitches for the night, you’ve got to think he’s done. Chad Gaudin is warming in the bullpen for the Nationals on a night where they would have liked their starter to go deeper in the game. Instead, they could be in for another long night in Florida.