Marlins lose ground in East with loss to Nats
A sinking fastball helped MacDougal escape jams in the eighth and ninth Friday, and the Washington
“We probably don’t want to make them that exciting, but we’ll take it,” MacDougal said.
MacDougal got the final five outs, completing a five-hitter for his 15th save in 16 chances. The
“All night we had some people on base with the right guys at the plate,” Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “They made some pitches.”
Washington led 5-2 in the eighth when MacDougal came on with runners at the corners and one out. He needed only one pitch to end the inning on
“I’m sure hoping for a double play if there’s a guy on first,” MacDougal said. “I’m pitching to one. It doesn’t always work, but if there’s a guy at first base, I’m trying to get them to hit a ground ball.”
Dunn hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his 37th. Zimmerman’s 29th homer came in the seventh.
“We’ve got to keep an eye on it,” Gonzalez said. “It’s a concern.”
Johnson struck out eight, walked four, allowed two hits and threw 89 pitches. He said his arm felt fine, and he wanted to stay in the game.
“I understand where they’re coming from, but at the same I time I want to be out there,” Johnson said. “That’s the competitor I am. There’s nothing you can do about it. There’s nothing I can say that’s going to change their mind.”
Morse, who grew up in South Florida, had a cluster of family and friends in the skimpy crowd of about 4,000.
“I’ll say 4,200, because a lot of people came just to see me,” he said with a grin.