Reporting Brendan Darr
The Nats had a chance to finish over .500 on the season, but the brutal loss tonight, combined with them not having a 162nd game to play (thanks to their game against the Dodgers being rescheduled only in need of it – which it isn’t) will leave them just short of the mark.
Javier Vasquez did more than his share to end the Nats hopes at .500. Vasquez gave up 2 runs in his complete game, but stuck out nine Nationals tonight.
John Lannan didn’t fare as well for the Nationals tonight. He allowed two runs, just like Vasquez, but unlike Vasquez he only made it 6 innings and struck out four Marlins while walking three. Lannan kept the Nationals in the game, but was let down by Doug Slaten in the bottom of the 9th as he gave up the solo home run to Bryan Petersen to end the game. In between, Yunesky Maya and Todd Coffey each walk a batter, but kept them from scoring.
The Nats were without Third Basemen Ryan Zimmerman, who was given the night off. Stephen Lombardozzi started in his place and went 1-for-3 with a run scored off an Ian Desmond single in the sixth inning. The Nats first run of the night came on a Michael Morse solo home run, his 31st of the season and his third in his last three games.
The 2011 season will leave off where 2012 will pick up, with Stephen Strasburg on the bump. Strasburg (0-1, 2.00 ERA) will take the mound for the final time of the season after Manager Davey Johnson hand-picked Strasburg to pitch the finale. He’ll go up against Chris Volstad (5-12, 4.96 ERA) in the finale at 4:10 pm. Follow the fan for updates.
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