MIAMI - We're 2 1/2 innings into this one at Sun Life Stadium, and the way Josh Johnson is pitching for the Marlins, the Nationals' 2-0 deficit already feels slightly insurmountable.
Johnson has faced the minimum through three innings, already striking out four of nine batters, including three on called third strikes. He's thrown 43 pitches - and though they've never beaten him, the Nationals have shown an ability to run up his pitch count before. They might have to do that to have any chance tonight.
John Lannan hasn't helped things, giving up two hits and two walks in the first two innings. Three batters into the game, the Marlins already had a 2-0 lead on him. He's had a history of struggles in this park - most notably the shellacking he took on opening day in 2009 - and came into tonight's game with a 9.00 career ERA here. He could have an early exit here tonight, and he'd hand things over to a shaky bullpen if he does.