Kurt Suzuki and Ross Detwiler react to Greg Gibson's missed call at the plate.
Hitting highlight: The Nationals obviously were upset to lose Wilson Ramos to a hamstring injury, but they also knew they had more than a capable replacement in Suzuki. And the veteran catcher has proven it. Suzuki really delivered tonight. He lofted a sacrifice fly in his first at-bat. He crushed a solo homer (his second of the year) in his second at-bat. And then he tripled — yes, tripled — into the left-field corner in his third at-bat. Put it all together, and the Nationals' No. 2 catcher now sports a hefty .375 batting average for the season. Obviously, Ramos still has the higher ceiling, and he'll probably get the bulk of the playing time once he returns from the DL. But Suzuki remains a fantastic secondary option.
Pitching highlight: Detwiler has thrown almost nothing but fastballs in his three starts, and he did it again tonight. An astounding 100 of his 107 pitches were either four-seamers or two-seamers. But, hey, if they can't hit 'em, why stop throwing 'em? The left-hander has managed to be successful this way because he's located those fastballs with pinpoint accuracy. He didn't issue any walks in this start, and he kept the Marlins off-balance enough by bouncing back and forth between the two types of fastballs. Those 107 pitches also represented a new career high, as Davey Johnson continues to give his young hurler more rope. Three starts in, Detwiler might well be the Nationals' most-effective starter. Though he has only one win, his ERA is now a paltry 0.90. Not bad for a so-called "No. 5 starter."
Key stat: Harper is now 5-for-6 with two homers and a double against Ricky Nolasco this season.
Up next: The Nationals will enjoy a day off in New York — not a bad place to spend a day off — and then open a weekend series with the Mets. Friday's opener features a doozy of a pitching matchup, with young studs Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey squaring off at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.