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Lo Viste? Marlins shutout ex-#1 Draft Pick and Nationals
- Updated: March 10, 2012
By: George Harvey
With the former number one overall draft pick taking the mound for the visiting Washington Nationals, it was bound to be a good match up between the two regular season division foes.
In the first night game for the Marlins (3-2) at Roger Dean Stadium, the Marlin pitchers wasted no time on the mound and didn’t mess around when it came down to pitching.
Marlin pitchers held the Nationals to only 4 hits in the shutout victory, with Wade LeBlanc (1-0) taking the win, and Stephen Strasburg (0-2) taking the loss.
Jose Reyes tripled in the game and Omar Infante got a double to help the Marlins tally up their three runs.
Strasburg threw hardballs to Marlin batters, staying within the high 90mph range, while throwing 46 pitches over 3 innings, 32 for strikes. Strasburg also gave up 3 hits, 2 earned runs, struck out two, walked one, and nailed Hanley Ramirez.
On the Marlins side, LeBlanc stayed throwing what he normally throws – the low 80s – which worked just fine. LeBlanc pitched 53 pitches, 42 for strikes over 4 innings. LeBlanc gave up 1 hit, no runs, struck out five, and didn’t walk anyone.
In the post game comments, LeBlanc said about his pitching, “If you can string together a couple good outings and hopefully make the decision hard on them, that is always a plus.”
LeBlanc started in place of Anibal Sanchez, who’s spring training debut has been pushed back to Wednesday, due to tightness in his right shoulder.
Also impressed with LeBlanc was new manager Ozzie Guillen, saying, “I love guys that do that in spring training because they make our job very tough. He has been the best one throwing the ball in spring training for us. He has thrown the ball very consistent. It is fun to watch that.”