Gio Gonzalez appears quite at home facing the Marlins. The left-hander tossed five shutout innings, while Ryan Zimmerman belted a homer and drove in two runs, as Washington defeated Miami, 8-1, on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
The Marlins possess playoff hopes as they open a four-game series in Atlanta, and they’ll have veteran righty Dan Straily facing rookie lefty Sean Newcomb at SunTrust Park on Thursday.
Before rejoining the Marlins, perhaps as early as Friday, Justin Bour will play some meaningful rehab assignment games. The power-hitting first baseman was in the lineup for Double-A Jacksonville on Wednesday and will be again on Thursday in their Southern League playoff series with Pensacola.
The threat of Hurricane Irma prompted the Marlins to allow players to bring their families on the upcoming road trip, which begins on Thursday in Atlanta and moves on to Philadelphia on Monday.
Gio Gonzalez takes the mound in his hometown, while Dillon Peters looks to replicate his debut as the Nationals and Marlins wrap up a three-game series at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Marlins Park.
The Marlins aren’t piling up many wins right now, but they’re getting some answers with their personnel. Right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne, for instance, continues to make a case to be part of the pitching staff.
It was more of the same the second time around from Stephen Strasburg, who set a record in the process. The hard-throwing right-hander threw six scoreless innings and struck out eight batters in the Nationals’ 2-1 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.
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The last time Stephen Strasburg and Giancarlo Stanton squared off, just last week, the guy who throws 98-mph fastballs was the only one who left the yard. Strasburg will go for an encore performance as the Nationals and Marlins meet for the second of three games on Tuesday at Marlins Park.
The Marlins on Monday reinstated Wei-Yin Chen from the disabled list, and the club intends to use the 32-year-old left-hander out of the bullpen for the rest of the season.
The Nationals have repeatedly pitched Giancarlo Stanton up in the zone. The strategy didn’t prevent the Marlins All-Star right fielder from driving the ball the other way for a solo home run off Washington’s A.J. Cole in the fifth inning on Monday at Marlins Park.
Anthony Rendon had a home run and four RBIs, and Daniel Murphy chipped in with a homer and three runs batted in, and the Nationals rolled past the Marlins, 7-2, moving 16 games ahead of second-place Miami in the National League East.