Final Score: Nationals 10, Marlins 7.
Dame of the Game:
Adam LaRoche: 2-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI. Adam hit two home runs and reached on a crucial error, showing a nice mix of power and luck. He would do well at a casino, in that Lady Luck would be on his side, and he could also just punch dealers until they give him money.
Shame of the Game:
Michael Dunn: .2 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 6 R, 0 ER, 1 K, 1 E. None of Dunn’s runs were technically earned, but they came after his fielding error. If every pitcher did like Dunn and began the inning with an embarrassing error, they would have a fantastic ERA. They would also be very bad.
A little mistake can spiral out of control. Like signing with the Phillies, or reproducing while having the last name Gorzelanny, things may not look terrible at first. But you will soon pay a great price. Today, Michael Dunn made a little error. No biggie, Marlins still up by 2. 1. 0. -1. -2. -3. -4. Well that escalated quickly.
Adam LaRoche should not have been at first base. It was all thanks to Mike Dunn, which makes him a pretty good wingman. But a bad baseballer. Lombardozzi and Moore took advantage with singles, followed by home runs from Espinosa and Harper. The team kept rubbing it in Dunn’s face, it being the shit Dunn had made for his team. Maybe he’ll have learned a lesson. That same strategy worked for my dog.
On the other end of things, fresh off his NL Pitcher of the Month award, Jordan Zimmermann turned in a below average showing. He has clearly been spoiled by accomplishing such a great feat. I worry about his motivation now that there’s nothing more desired he can work towards than a POTM accolade. Some people just lose their love for the game after reaching the top…and I’m afraid that might be the case for Jordan.
Kurt Suzuki made his Nationals debut by going 0-3. I would be concerned about that poor showing, but I’m actually impressed. He made it out from behind the plate alive. That is truly an MVP-level performance.
The Marlins weren’t the only ones to make errors today. The Nats actually committed three, with Espinosa having two at short. It’s like Ian Desmond never left.