Chris Marrero's first night in the big leagues has been eventful, if nothing else. He made an error on the first ball hit to him, putting Brandon Phillips on base to lead off the game. Phillips would later score on a wild pitch by Ross Detwiler, and would score another run on Marrero's throwing error in the third inning that helped Joey Votto reach base. The Reds have scored five runs in four innings on Ross Detwiler, but only two of them have been earned.
Still, Marrero got a highlight of his own in the fourth inning, singling to left off Mike Leake for his first major league hit. He's 1-for-2, and the Nationals trail the Reds 5-2 in the fifth inning, getting a pair of solo homers from Wilson Ramos and Jayson Werth.
Marrero's defense has always been the big issue in his development, but he's made significant strides in the field this year. You can probably chalk up these first errors to nerves, but it's worth watching if the 23-year-old can continue his defensive improvement in the majors.
Detwiler has only thrown 61 pitches through four innings, and while he hasn't been as sharp as in his last two outings, Marrero's defense hasn't helped. The Nationals will try to rally in the latter half of this game.