Originally posted on MarlinsBaseball.com  |  Last updated 3/9/12

The Miami Marlins came out on top in Friday evening’s game against the Washington Nationals with a 3-0 final.   The losing pitcher was phenom Stephen Strasburg while the winner was Wade LeBlanc who was filling in for Anibal Sanchez.  LeBlanc who is expected to serve as a middle reliever in the bullpen was dazzling on the mound and went deeper than any Marlins’ starter this Spring by lasting four innings.

LeBlanc who acquired this past off-season from the San Diego Padres in exchange for John Baker struck out five and walked none while allowing one hit.    Despite the fact, he will serve a bullpen role for Miami, the left-hander did see some time as a starter in 2011 and is accustomed to pitching multiple innings.  J.D. Martin, Edward Mujica, Steve Cishek, Beau Jones and Sandy Rosario rounded out the pitching in the game.   Combined, Marlins pitchers held the Nationals’ offense to only four hits.   Rosario was credited with a save after working a perfect ninth.

The starting lineup was the projected Opening Night lineup with the exception of left field where Logan Morrison sat out with a sore knee.   Bryan Petersen started in his place and went 1-3.   This was the first time this Spring that the majority of the regular lineup took the field together.     Jose Reyes had a big day picking up two hits including his first triple of the Grapefruit League.      Reyes, Emilio Bonifiacio and Nick Green had a run batted in each to account for the Marlins’ three runs on the day.

On Saturday the Marlins will face the St. Louis Cardinals with Josh Johnson scheduled to start.   Going for the Cardinals will be Kyle Lohse.

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