After Zimmerman’s throwing error, Greg Dobbs followed with a single, sending Polanco to third. Justin Ruggiano smacked a run-scoring single, then Haren hung a splitter to rookie Adeiny Hechavarria, who drilled it into the left field seats for a three-run shot, just the third home run for the Marlins this season. Haren used 34 pitches to complete the inning, 26 after the error. He needed 93 pitches to get through 41
3 innings, and his ERA sits at 8.10.
“Up to that [error], I was rolling, but I’ve got to be able to pick the guy up,” Haren said. “That’s part of baseball. They pick me up, I pick them up. I’m sure that he probably feels bad about the home run that the guys came around and score, but I mean, I’ve got to be able to pick him up. They taxed me pretty good that inning and I just didn’t have nothing after that.”
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Throughout his 11-year career, Haren has averaged just over one home run per nine innings. This season, he has allowed five in 131
3 innings. He loaded the bases with three singles in the fifth inning and then walked Dobbs to give the Marlins a 5-0 lead. It was Haren’s first walk of the season. Johnson emerged from the dugout to lift him. For the second time in three starts Haren didn’t make it through the fifth. Even last season, Haren’s worst of his career thanks to back issues, only four times in 30 starts did he fail to make it through the fifth inning.
“I feel like the ball’s coming out all right,” he said. “I’ve learned to pitch with a little less velocity. In 2011 I had a great year and I wasn’t throwing any harder than I’m throwing now in the American League. Probably need to go back and look at that stuff, pitch more like that. Whatever I was doing then. But yeah, I’m searching right now. I’m searching for answers. I’m trying in between starts and I’ve got to get better. I do. I feel worse about it than anybody.”
The Nationals offense squandered opportunities against Marlins starter Alex Sanabia, who allowed six base runners in the first three innings. His sinker helped him strand them all. Moore and Lombardozzi doubled in the sixth to account for both Nationals runs. Of the Nationals’ six losses, three have been blowouts by six runs or more.