Jul 21, 2021
Marlins Snap Four-Game Losing Streak With 3-1 Win Over Nats
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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Pinch-hitter Jorge Alfaro drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the 10th inning, and the Miami Marlins snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.
Designated runner Lewis Brinson moved to third on Sandy Leon’s sacrifice to open the 10th inning.Jon Berti drew a walk from Brad Hand (5-3), and Alfaro lined Hand’s first pitch to wall in left for a double, scoring Brinson. Miguel Flores’ sacrifice fly made it 3-1. READ MORE: No Amount Of Money Is Going To Replace My Daughter, Victims Dad, Others Want Surfside Condo Collapse Site Turned Into Memorial
Dylan Floro (3-4) pitched two scoreless innings for the win, and Yimi Garcia worked the 10th for his 14th save
Andrew Stevenson had an RBI-double for Washington, which had its three-game winning streak halted.
Washington starter Erick Fedde, who gave up six runs in 1 1/3 innings against the Padres on Friday, allowed one unearned run on four hits in six innings.
The Marlins loaded the bases against Fedde with no outs in the fourth, but he got Joe Panik to ground into a double play, with a run scoring. Sandy Leon grounded out.
The Marlins recalled right-hander Nick Neidert from Triple-A Jacksonville to make the start in place of Sandy Alcantara, who is on the bereavement list.
Neidert allowed a run on three hits over five innings and was helped by three double plays.
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The Marlins optioned OF Monte Harrison to Jacksonville.
Nationals: 2B Alcides Escobar, who left Tuesday’s game after being hit by a pitch on the right wrist in the sixth inning, was in the lineup. … RHP Stephen Strasburg (neck strain), threw a 27-pitch bullpen session. … OF Kyle Schwarber (right hamstring strain) jogged in the outfield during warmups. … C Yan Gomes (oblique strain) threw in the outfield, but is still unable to hit.
Marlins: The Marlins open a four-game series against the visiting Padres on Thursday. The starter is TBA.
Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (6-8, 5.56) faces the Orioles for the second time this season on Friday, when the Nationals visit Baltimore. He allowed four runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings of a win on May 23. He’s 1-2, 5.06 in five games versus Baltimore.
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4 Nationals players, 8 staffers test positive for COVID; game vs Phillies postponed
PHILADELPHIA -- Four Washington Nationals players and eight staffers have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing Major League Baseball to postpone their game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.
The postponement came one day after Nationals star Trea Turner exited the game against Philadelphia in the first inning following his positive test for the virus.
Washington manager Dave Martinez said Turner was among four players who tested positive. He didn't identify the others.
"I'm just worried about the guys, I really am," Martinez said. "It's been a tough go; this doesn't make it any easier."
Martinez said all but one of those who tested positive have been vaccinated. Those who tested positive have either no symptoms or minor symptoms, such as a head cold, the manager said. Martinez believes the fact they are vaccinated has prevented or limited symptoms.
"I encourage people to get vaccinated," Martinez said. "It does help. I'm seeing it first-hand. It's basically a small head cold, but they're doing fine."
The Nationals-Phillies matchup was scheduled to be made up as part of a straight doubleheader on Thursday starting at 12:05 p.m.
Martinez is planning as if those games will be played on Thursday, but he indicated that everyone who tested negative on Wednesday will have another round of tests for confirmation. At best, Washington will be calling up several players from Triple-A Rochester to be able to field a full roster on Thursday.
"We're going to have to add, I'm sure," he said. "I'm sure I'll be talking to (GM Mike Rizzo) all night long."
Washington left-hander Patrick Corbin was scheduled to pitch Wednesday night's contest, and right-hander Max Scherzer was slated to take the mound in the finale of the four-game series on Thursday afternoon. Martinez said he's not sure who will pitch Thursday, if the games are played as scheduled.
"I haven't even thought about who's going to pitch," he said. "My concern is the health of everybody. Hopefully no one else will test positive."
This was the ninth MLB game called off this year because of coronavirus concerns. Most recently, the July 15 Yankees-Red Sox game was postponed due to virus concerns.
The Nationals had their season-opening series at home against the New York Mets called off after four players tested positive. Washington right-hander Erick Fedde tested positive in May. Fedde is vaccinated.
Also in May, the Nationals reached the 85 percent vaccination threshold, which let some of MLB's coronavirus protocols to be relaxed.
Martinez referenced that fact on Tuesday night following Turner's positive test, when he said vaccinated players and staff aren't subject to contact tracing protocols.
MLB announced the Nationals-Phillies postponement about 90 minutes before the game was set to begin at Citizens Bank Park, and said the time would allow for "continued testing and contact tracing involving members of the Nationals organization."
There were 45 MLB games postponed because of the virus last year during the pandemic-shortened season. All but two of them were eventually made up.