Last night, the Nationals struck a blow against their rotten history in South Florida. Even after their heart-pounding win, they are 12-28 against the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium since the start of 2007. They needed that win last night, several players said, after they way they were beaten in Philadelphia.
They will look to make it two straight against Chris Volstad, who they’ve had some success against in the past – he has a 4.79 ERA against them since in six starts since the beginning of 2010, having allowed 38 hits and 12 walks in 35 2/3 innings. And yet, the Nationals have lost all six of his starts.
Tom Gorzelanny is coming off his best of the season, and perhaps the best of his career. He allowed three hits and no walks over eight scoreless innings. He threw only 95 pitches, so there shouldn’t be any carryover effect from going deep in the game tonight.
As always, talk about the game right here.