When we last checked in with you, the Nationals and Marlins were tied 2-2 after three innings. Well, after six innings, they’re still tied 2-2.
Scott Olsen and Ricky Nolasco each have settled into a nice groove and are pounding the strike zone. Olsen had his little hiccup in the third, allowing two runs on four hits. But since then, he has retired 10 in a row, five via strikeout. His fastball is consistently in the 89-91 range, and he’s thrown only 78 pitches through six innings. Very encouraging start for the lefty.
Nolasco, meanwhile, shook off his second-inning troubles and has retired 12 of the last 13 batters faced. You could say the Nats have gone silent at the plate since those two early runs, but surely Nolasco’s effectiveness has something to do with that.
Either way, this one is probably going to be nip-and-tuck right down to the wire.