MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Washington1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 270
Miami2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 x 361
  W: Z. Thompson (2-2)   L: P. Corbin (5-6)   S: Y. García (12)
1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)2:10 PM CT, June 26, 2021
loanDepot park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 6,305

Garrett Cooper, Marlins chase encore against Nationals

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Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins

  1. The Nationals swept the only previous series between these teams this season, taking three straight at Nationals Park from April 30 to May 2. The Marlins managed just four runs and 16 hits in the three games and had zero runs in the first five innings of each game.
  2. The Nationals have won four straight and nine of their last 10. Washington has a chance to get to .500 for the third time this season, having been 1-1 and 12-12 previously; the Nats' only time being above .500 was at 1-0 after Opening Day.
  3. The Marlins have lost three straight and seven of nine games overall. In their last eight games they scored 21 runs in their two wins (10 and 11), compared to just five total in their six losses.
  4. Kyle Schwarber is seventh in the majors and third in the NL in HR with 19. He had nine in his first 51 games this season, compared to 10 in his last 12. His 10 HR since June 12 lead the majors and are four more than the next-closest player (Shohei Ohtani).
  5. Despite being 0-for-8 in his last two games at home, Jazz Chisholm Jr. is batting .279 at LoanDepot Park compared to .231 on the road. In limited time last season it was the opposite, as he hit .094 at home (3/32) compared to .250 away (6/24).
  6. Joe Ross started the season 2-1, but has lost six of his last seven decisions. He has a 5.74 ERA at home, but is almost two runs better at 3.76 on the road. In his last start (Saturday vs. Mets) he allowed five runs in 5.0 innings, the third time he has allowed five or more runs this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/24/2021 thru 6/27/2021

The relieved Miami Marlins -- who snapped a four-game losing streak on Friday night -- are set to host the Washington Nationals again Saturday afternoon.

Miguel Rojas (four RBIs) and Garrett Cooper (four runs) helped the Marlins cool off the Nationals on Friday in an 11-2 victory.

Cooper was playing his first major league game since sustaining a back injury on June 7.

"It was pretty rough for four or five days," Cooper said of his back pain.

On Friday, though, Cooper was giving out the pain, going 3-for-4 with a homer, two doubles, a walk and two RBIs.

"It's been a long three weeks (trying to get back)," Cooper said. "We went through a rough stretch. Just to help the team score some runs was huge."

Even with the win, the Marlins are 3-8 over their past 11 games. And while the Marlins are in last place in the National League East, they are at least breaking even at home (17-17).

On Saturday, Miami will throw rookie right-hander Zach Thompson (1-2, 1.50 ERA) against veteran Washington lefty Patrick Corbin (5-5, 5.40 ERA).

Thompson will be making his fourth major league appearance, all starts, and his first against Washington.

In an organization with a lot of quality young pitchers at the major league and minor league levels, Thompson doesn't quite fit. He is old for a rookie at age 27, and he made a long trek through the minor leagues since being drafted in the fifth round by the Chicago White Sox in 2014.

So far, he has tossed three, five and four innings in his three starts, which is a sign the Marlins are not yet trusting him to go deep into games.

Meanwhile, the Nationals had their season-high-tying, five-game win streak snapped on Friday. Washington is still hot overall, having gone 10-2 since June 13.

Corbin has faced the Marlins 13 times, going 5-3 with a 3.80 ERA, including one shutout. In Miami, however, Corbin is just 2-2 with a 5.90 ERA in five starts.

Over his career, Corbin has limited lefty batters to a .227 batting average and a .637 OPS. Righty batters are hitting .265 with a .755 OPS against him.

The Nationals are 8-6 when Corbin starts this year. He has won his past two starts, allowing just three runs in 14 1/3 innings during that span.

Corbin is surely hoping that teammate Kyle Schwarber will continue his incredible hot streak. The Washington left fielder went 3-for-4 on Friday, slugging a solo homer.

He now has 13 home runs in his past 14 games, including nine in his six most recent contests.

Schwarber has the second-most homers in a 14-game span since at least 1901, trailing only Barry Bonds in 2001. Schwarber's blast on Friday went 420 feet, landing in the upper deck in right field.

He now has 22 homers this season. His 12 homers in a 12-game span as a leadoff batter are the most ever in the majors.

"When he's hot like that, you don't say much too him," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said of Schwarber's streak. "He's been awesome."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 26, 2021

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