The Washington Nationals continued what has been an ultra impressive upturn in play in the middle part of the MLB season on Wednesday afternoon, dispatching the Miami Marlins 3-1 in large part due to the pitching of Stephen Strasburg. The long-time ace conjured up seven innings plus while giving up no runs and striking out 14.
In the fourth inning, he accomplished a very rare feat in throwing an immaculate inning, a rarity that few have ever achieved. Home runs from Ryan Dozier and Matt Adams gave them the firepower they needed, and they improved to 44-41 on the year as a result. They are now a game back of the Phillies for second in the NL East, and their recent play has seen them given a chance to make the playoffs after a horrendous start. The Nats have now won seven of their last eight and have won 25 of their last 35 in total.