Chad Tracy, the majors' best pinch-hitter this season, will miss at least 6 to 8 weeks after having surgery on Thursday.
The Nationals have faced Anibal Sanchez 18 times over the last seven years and never beaten the Marlins right-hander. Tonight, they get chance No. 19.
Thanks to the production of Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman, the Nationals are starting to score runs in bunches.
Jordan Zimmermann pitched well for five innings and hit his first career homer. But two pitches in the sixth spelled doom for the right-hander and the Nationals.
Desperately in need of another healthy catcher, the Nationals will promote Jhonatan Solano from Syracuse before tomorrow's game. Rookie Tyler Moore will head back to the minors.