We’ve played three innings at Nationals Park, and while the Nationals have gotten a few things going against Javier Vazquez, they’ve also done what they do far too often: strand runners in scoring position. They left three in scoring position in the first two innings, ending both innings with a man on third.
Meanwhile, the Marlins got out to a 1-0 lead after another breathtaking display of Mike Stanton’s raw power. Facing Livan Hernandez in the second inning, the second-year outfielder was crossed up on one of the veteran’s slow curveballs, waiving well in front of the 65-mph pitch. Then, Stanton composed himself, settled in and ripped an 86-mph sinker to right center for his 23rd homer of the year. The shot went off the end of Stanton’s bat to one of the deepest parts of the park. It was another reminder of how much he’s going to torment the Nationals for years to come.
It’s now 3-0 Florida in the fourth after John Buck’s two-run single to left and an error by Jerry Hairston Jr. The Nationals will have to get their offense going soon.