Nationals Vs. Marlins: Nationals Get Schooled By Marlins 8-0

The Nationals couldn't touch Anibal Sanchez until the seventh-inning, but by then it was too late. Starter Livan Hernandez struggled and the Marlins racked up 13 hits while the Nats could only muster four in an ugly loss.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins Final: Nationals Get Silenced By Marlins 8-0

The Washington Nationals were hoping to hook the Florida Marlins with a third straight loss, but the Nats leave Miami empty handed on Sunday as they couldn't get a run across the plate while the Fish battered starter Livan Hernandez and the bullpen with hits in an 8-0 loss.

Marlins pitcher Anibal Sanchez was efficient in silencing the Nationals offense striking out eleven in seven-innings and giving up no walks. Sanchez held a no-hitting until the seventh-inning when right fielder Laynce NIx hit a ball into right field and Mike Stanton could not make a play on it. Left fielder Michael Morse followed up with a single of his own the next at-bat. Washington was only able to muster just four hits in the game.

Hernandez did not have the same sort of game as Sanchez had. Hernandez looked unsharp most of the day and went five-innings giving up six runs on eight hits. The big blow came in the fifth-inning when Gaby Sanchez with two on and two out took Hernandez yard for a three-run home run. The Marlins slowly picked apart the Nationals pitching staff. Every Nationals pitcher in Sunday's game gave up at least one run except for reliever Todd Coffey. Brian Broderick and Henry Rodriguez also pitched an inning of relief. The Marlins had 13 hits in the game.

The Nationals fall to 16-18 and continue to hold onto fourth place in the NL East.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins Score: Nationals Searching For Hits, Down 6-0

The Washington Nationals offense has been completely unable to figure out Florida Marlins pitcher Anibal Sanchez. Through five-innings Sanchez has kept the Nationals baffled and hitless while the Marlins have been slowly chipping away at Nats pitcher Livan Hernandez. The Fish lead 6-0 going into the sixth-inning.

Hernandez has not looked sharp. Marlins third baseman Greg Dobbs has contributed two of Florida's runs. In the second-inning Dobbs hit a double off Hernandez to score Gaby Sanchez. Dobbs then singled in Sanchez again in the fourth-inning. In the bottom of the fifth Hernandez ran into trouble again and allowed an RBI single to Hanley Ramirez. Gaby Sanchez then smashed a three-run home run in the fifth to put this game well in the Marlins hands. Hernandez has given up six runs on eight hits and has issued two walks.

On the other side of the plate the Nationals have yet to score a hit off Anibal Sanchez which is a sign the Nats offensive woes have returned. For the second day in a row the Nats are using a different line-up than usual. Recently called up outfielder Roger Bernadina continues to lead off, Laynce Nix is batting third and Michael Morse has returned to the line-up after missing two games with a sore knee.

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Nationals Vs. Marlins: Nationals Fishing For The Sweep Against Marlins

The Washington Nationals were swept earlier in the week by the Philadelphia Phillies, but now are looking to break out some brooms of their own on the Florida Marlins in a Sunday afternoon game that will wrap up a three game series between the two teams. The Nationals have beaten the Marlins the past two nights.

Nationals starter Livan Hernandez (3-3, 3.57 ERA) will face the Marlins Anibal Sanchez (1-1, 4.15 ERA) at Sun Life Stadium in Florida. Hernandez will have a line-up supporting him that yet again is a little change up for the Nats. The Nationals shook things up in their 5-2 win Saturday night and manager Jim Riggleman hopes another different configuration will bring equal success.

Center fielder Roger Bernadina once again leads off for Washington while outfielder Laynce Nix has been moved to the three spot. Absent from the line-up is right fielder Jayson Werth who has been given the day off and just at the right time as Werth has not had a lot of success against Sanchez. Werth only has two hits and 15 strikeouts in 22 at-bats against the right hander.

Outfielder Michael Morse also returns to the line-up. Morse has sat out the past two games with a sore right knee, but will get his chance Sunday to help the Nationals sweep out of Miami on a three game win streak.

NATIONALS LINE-UP

Roger Bernadina - CF

Ian Desmond - SS

Laynce Nix - RF

Adam LaRoche - 1B

Michael Morse - LF

Jerry Hairston Jr. - 3B

Ivan Rodriguez - C

Danny Espinosa - 2B

Livan Hernandez - SP

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