Cueto Celebrates Return with Victory as Burger Contributes Two in Marlins’ Quartet of Homers Over Nationals

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Marlins defeat Nationals

Jake Burger smashed two out of the four home runs secured by Miami, while Johnny Cueto marked his comeback from a viral illness with four strikeouts, helping the Marlins claim an 11-5 triumph over the Washington Nationals on Saturday. This win marked the Marlins’ third consecutive victory, keeping them competitive in the NL wild-card standings.

Jesús Sánchez and Bryan De La Cruz each contributed a three-run homer against Washington’s starting pitcher, Trevor Williams, who now leads the league with 33 home runs surrendered this season. Burger’s two home runs raised his season total to 30 and are his fifth since being traded on August 1 from the Chicago White Sox.

Cueto, with a 1-3 record, allowed two solo home runs over the course of slightly more than five innings. One of these home runs was hit by Lane Thomas in the sixth inning, ending Cueto’s day after he had thrown 77 pitches and allowed three earned runs. His performance was consistent with manager Skip Schumaker’s expectation that the 37-year-old pitcher would be closely observed and restricted in his first game since August 15.

Additional run support came courtesy of Miami’s powerful batting lineup. Since August 18, home runs have constituted 68.9% of the Marlins’ total runs, equating to 31 out of 45 runs.

De La Cruz and NL batting leader Luis Arraez both had a 4-for-5 performance. Arraez, who is usually not a first baseman, achieved his first four-hit game since July 15, increasing his batting average to .355.

Williams gave up a total of nine runs, eight of which were earned. The ninth run resulted from a dropped fly ball by shortstop CJ Abrams, marking his 19th fielding error for the year. An additional dropped ball in right field by Thomas highlighted a less-than-stellar performance from the Nationals, who are currently last in the league and have lost six of their last seven games.

However, Washington had a silver lining with Drew Millas, who was recently promoted and made his first Major League hit in the seventh inning.

Marlins Lose Reliever López

The Marlins parted ways with right-handed relief pitcher Jorge López, who was claimed off waivers on Saturday by the AL-leading Baltimore Orioles. López had registered a 9.26 ERA across 12 appearances with the Marlins since joining from Minnesota in late July. “Although he’s a talented pitcher, things haven’t panned out as we’d hoped,” said Schumaker.

Medical Update

According to Schumaker, outfielder Jorge Soler is recovering from right hip tightness and is likely to steer clear of the injured list, despite missing his fourth consecutive game.

Coming Up Next

The series will conclude on Sunday afternoon with RHP Sandy Alcantara (6-12, 4.23 ERA) taking the mound for the Marlins against All-Star RHP Josiah Gray (7-11, 4.05) for the Nationals.

Source: AP MLB

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Marlins defeat Nationals

Who were the standout players for the Marlins in the game against the Nationals?

Jake Burger and Johnny Cueto were the standout players for the Marlins. Burger hit two of Miami’s four home runs, and Cueto, in his return from a viral infection, struck out four batters.

How did Johnny Cueto perform in his return game?

Johnny Cueto returned with a strong performance, striking out four batters. He allowed two solo home runs over more than five innings but was closely monitored as it was his first game back since August 15.

How many home runs did Jake Burger hit in this game?

Jake Burger hit two home runs during the game against the Washington Nationals. These two home runs contributed to his season total of 30.

Who was the starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals and how did he perform?

The starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals was Trevor Williams. He had a challenging game, giving up three-run home runs to both Jesús Sánchez and Bryan De La Cruz. Williams has now given up a league-leading 33 home runs this season.

What was the final score of the game?

The final score of the game was 11-5 in favor of the Miami Marlins.

What percentage of the Marlins’ runs since August 18 have come from home runs?

Since August 18, 68.9% of the Marlins’ total runs have come from home runs. This equates to 31 out of 45 runs.

What are the implications of this game for the NL wild-card race?

The win has allowed the Marlins to keep pace in the NL wild-card race, making it their third consecutive victory.

Who was claimed off waivers by the AL-leading Baltimore Orioles from the Marlins?

Jorge López, a right-handed relief pitcher, was claimed off waivers by the AL-leading Baltimore Orioles. He had a 9.26 ERA in his 12 appearances with the Marlins.

Who is likely to avoid the injured list according to Marlins’ manager Skip Schumaker?

Outfielder Jorge Soler, who has missed four consecutive games due to right hip tightness, is likely to avoid the injured list, as per manager Skip Schumaker.

Who are the starting pitchers for the next game in the series?

RHP Sandy Alcantara (6-12, 4.23 ERA) will start for the Marlins, and he will face off against All-Star RHP Josiah Gray (7-11, 4.05) for the Nationals.

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