Oh, look - the bullpen blew a lead. Twice.
The Marlins scored twice in the bottom of 9th to turn an 8-7 loss into a 9-8 win over the Nats on Monday afternoon. Wander Suero was charged with the loss as he retired just one of six batters faced and gave up three hits total while hitting a batter and walking a batter.
It was the second blown lead, with first coming in the 6th when Miami strafed Erick Fedde and Jimmy Cordero for five runs to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 7-4 lead.
Jeremy Hellickson started and gave up the first of three home runs in the 2nd and went three innings total with two hits and no walks allowed and four strikeouts.
The meltdown erased Victor Robles’s two-out, two-run single in the top of the 9th that had given Washington an 8-7 lead. Robles was the second DH, taking over for Yan Gomes.
Three other watchlist players came off the bench:
● Carter Kieboom followed Wilmer Difo at SS and went 0-for-1 with a walk.
● Jake Noll subbed for Adrian Sanchez at 2B but was 0-for-2.
● Jose “Orange” Marmolejos took over LF from Andrew Stevenson but extended his 0-for-Spring to 16 AB’s with a flyout in the 9th.
The Nats return to West Palm Beach this afternoon to host the Red Sox. Max Scherzer is scheduled to make his third start for Washington. The game will be on MASN and you can put it on mute and listen the Red Sox via MLB Audio.