Originally written on MarlinsBaseball.com  |  Last updated 10/15/14
Ricky Nolasco pitched great outside of two pitches to Bryce Harper but that was enough as the Miami Marlins fell to the Washington Nationals 2-0 on Opening Day in Washington D.C..  The first of the longballs came in the first inning on a hanging curveball and the Nationals never looked back.   Stephen Strasburg and the Nats bullpen quieted Miami’s offense and kept them from even putting together a rally at any point during the contest.   This is the first time the Marlins have been shut out on Opening Day since 2006 against the Houston Astros. Nolasco went six solid innings in which he gave up two runs on three hits, both of those runs coming off the aforementioned bat of Harper.   The Marlins’ ace struck out five and walked two while flashing several nasty off-speed pitches in the game.  Nolasco had his 12-6 curveball working as he fooled Nationals’ hitters including Ryan Zimmerman who struck out three times.   It continued a string of success for Nolasco against the Nationals but ...
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