Miami Marlins: Fish invade nation’s capital

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Jacob Turner earned his first win of the season on Saturday. (Katherine Rios)

Marlins meet Nats for three games

The Miami Marlins will spend their Memorial Day in the nation’s capital as they open a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. Over the weekend, Miami dropped two of three to the first place Milwaukee Brewers, marking just the second home series this season that Marlins failed to win.

The Washington Nationals are coming off of a series in Pittsburgh in which they dropped three of four to the Pirates. Washington won on Sunday to avoid the sweep.

Despite having a very talented pitching staff, the Washington rotation has underperformed this season. The Nationals’ bullpen however has been lights out. Drew Storen has been solid while closer Rafael Soriano possesses a 0.90 ERA and 11 saves. Tyler Clippard leads Washington in wins on the season with four.

While the Miami rotation has been solid, the unlikely story this season for Miami has been offense. Giancarlo Stanton is tied for the National League lead in home runs while leading all of baseball with 47 RBIs. Outfielder Marcell Ozuna and third baseman Casey McGehee also rank in the top 10 in the N.L. in terms of runs batted in.

The Marlins enter the series in D.C. with a record of 26-25. Miami is in second place in the National League East and three games back of the Atlanta Braves. Miami sits just a game back of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the final wild card spot in the National League. At an even 25-25, Washington is in third place in the division. The Nationals trail the Braves by 3.5 games.

The Marlins and Nationals will open what will be a three-game set on Monday afternoon. The series will conclude with night games on Tuesday and Wednesday. The nation’s capital will be the Marlins’ only stop before they return home to open a five-game homestand.

Season Series
Washington leads 5-1. Prior to this past weekend, the Washington Nationals were the only road team to win a series in South Florida. Washington took two of three from the Marlins at Marlins Park back in mid-April. In the first meeting between the teams in D.C. this season, the Nationals completed a three-game sweep over the Fish, winning by a combined 22-8 margin.

Turner Earns First Win
After struggling in four of his first five starts this season, Miami Marlins’ starting pitcher Jacob Turner was outstanding in a 2-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday. Turner was able to pitch around eight hits in 6 1/3 shutout innings to earn his first victory of the season. With the victory, Turner lowered his ERA by more than a point from 6.59 to 5.35. The victory for Turner snaps a nine-game losing skid for the right-hander and is his first since July 10th of last season.

Stanton Ties for N.L. Lead in Homers
Miami Marlins’ outfielder Giancarlo Stanton entered the weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers in second place in the National League with 12 home runs. In a 9-5 loss to Milwaukee on Friday, Stanton belted a pair of home runs to claim the league lead. The two-homer effort was the third of the season for Stanton. With 14 home runs on the season, Stanton is currently tied with Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki for most in the National League.

Pitching Match-ups
Monday – Nathan Eolvaldi (MIA) 3-2, 3.41 ERA vs. Tanner Roark (WAS) 3-2, 3.42 ERA
Tuesday – Henderson Alvarez (MIA) 2-3, 3.21 ERA vs. Blake Treinen (WAS) 0-2, 1.56 ERA
Wednesday – Tom Koehler (MIA) 4-4, 3.10 ERA vs. Jordan Zimmermann (WAS) 3-2, 3.95 ERA

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