Sandy Alcantara allowed one hit in eight spectacular innings as the Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 3-0
WASHINGTON – Sandy Alcantara allowed one hit in eight spectacular innings as the Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 3-0 on Monday night.
With two outs in the seventh, Josh Bell singled out the base of the right-field fence to end Alcantara’s no-hit bid. The right-hander then picked up his next four batsmen for a pinch hitter, left with seven strikeouts and was unable to move after throwing 96 pitches.
“He was lightning,” said Marlins manager Don Mattingly.
Jesus Sanchez scored an RBI single in the first innings and Alex Jackson scored two runs in the ninth. Dylan Floro worked a hit ninth for his 11th defense.
In his previous debut, Alcantara allowed one run for four hits in nine innings without a decision against the Mets, making a career-high 14.
The closest thing to a hit for Washington was before Bell’s single when Juan Soto hit a shot on Alcantara’s left foot near the knee with two outs in the fourth. The ball hit first baseman Levin Diaz, who stepped out on the bag.
“Once that ball hit him, you know he hit it well,” Mattingly said. “I thought it was really going to end there, but Sandy fought for that and that really wasn’t enough.”
Mattingly, who said he wasn’t going to feel well until Alcantara was out of the game, was first checked on by trainer Gene Basham. Then pitching coach Mel Stottlemire monitored Alcantara’s innings to make sure he was not altering his delivery to compensate.
“After I got the line drive in my foot I just said, ‘Stay in the game, no matter what happened,'” Alcantara said. “I’m the guy who’s about to die on the mound. … I stayed in the game and I was competing.”
Alcantara (9–13) was perfect through five innings, but Keibert Ruiz reached the fault of second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr., allowing Alcantara to move up to sixth before three early dismissals.
“It’s the hardest I’ve seen him throw: 99-100 (mph), slider 93-94. And he was hitting his spots,” said national manager Dave Martinez. “He was really good. Our men were fighting. We were putting the ball in the game. But he was just as good.”
Brewers ace Corbin Burns teamed up with reliever Josh Hader to hit a record ninth no-hitter in the Majors against Cleveland on Saturday night this season when pitchers first began throwing overhands in 1884.
Most of those no-hitters came this year before Major League Baseball cracked down on the use of illegal sticky substances by pitchers.
Six Marlins have thrown no-hitters, the last being Edinson Volquez in a 3–0 win against the Diamondbacks on June 3, 2017. The Nationals (2005–present) have never been a no-hit.
For Washington, Paolo Espino (4-5) allowed one run in six hits and three walks in six innings.
National fielder Adrian Sanchez was named for the assignment. Sanchez was scoring .257 runs in 16 matches and is out of minor league options. He signed with the Nationals in 2007 when he was 16 and joined the majors in 2017. Only Ryan Zimmerman (drafted in 2005) has been with the organization longer.
Marlins: Mattingly said c/off Jorge Alfaro, who left Saturday’s game with a left calf tightness, is day to day. … RHP Pablo Lopez (right rotator cuff strain) is about to throw a 25-30 pitch bullpen at the team’s Spring Training Complex in Florida on Tuesday.
National: Ruiz was back in the lineup after skipping Saturday’s game when he was hit in the head by a fastball from Pittsburgh’s Kyle Keller. Ruiz took a foul ball off Mask in the first innings, but remained in the game. … INF Jordi Mercer (left calf strain) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list.
Marlins: LHP Jesus Luzardo (5-7, 6.72 ERA) has allowed three earned runs or less in each of his last three starts, each with a Marlins win. He faced Washington in Miami on August 24 and conceded five runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.
The Nationals: RHP Eric Fedde (6-9, 5.31) holds the 3-0 career mark with a 0.98 ERA versus the Marlins. This year, he is 1-0 against them with a 0.73 ERA in two starts, the victory coming on 24 August when he allowed a run in 6 1/3 innings and scored 10 runs.
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