Bryce Harper supplied both of Washington's runs in a 3-2 loss to the Marlins on Friday.
Harper hit a sacrifice fly off Mat Latos in the first inning and an RBI single off Latos in the sixth. He finished the game 2-for-2, plus a walk. Harper's hitting .286/.438/.518 to start the season. He's also smacked four home runs, driven in eight and scored 11. It's been a great open to the 2015 campaign for the 22-year-old and if he stays healthy, we could be seeing career-high numbers by the end of the year.
Shane Greene came crashing back to Earth on Friday as he was thrashed for eight runs on nine hits over four-plus innings against the Indians.
Greene entered play on Friday having allowed just one earned run over 23 frames in his first three outings, but he wasn't fooling any of the Indians left-handed bats in this one. Most of the damage came during a six-run uprising in the fifth inning. Even with this disaster, Green will carry a 3.00 ERA and 1.04 WHIP into Minnesota where he'll battle the Twins on Wednesday.
Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Marlins.
Stanton came into the game on a power tear, with four home runs in his last seven games, but Jordan Zimmerman and company shut the slugger down on Friday. Stanton is slashing .226/.342/.484 and has hit four home runs with 14 RBI and nine runs scored through the first three weeks of the 2015 season. He remains one of the top offensive threats in the game and the low average figures to rise as the weather warms.
Mat Latos hurled 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball against the Nationals on Friday, though he did not factor into the decision.
Latos gave up a sacrifice fly to Bryce Harper in the first inning and an RBI single to Harper in the sixth. That was all the Nationals would muster against the right-hander. He's allowed four runs over his last 11 1/3 innings to help drop his ERA to 7.31, which tells you just how poorly he pitched to open the year. Latos spoke of mechanical issues during spring training and it appears that he might have started to iron those out. He'll look to post another quality start when he toes the rubber against the division-leading Mets in his next outing.
Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable on Friday due to illness.
Papelbon wasn't even with the team on Friday, he was at home in bed. He may need another day or two before he's able to rejoin the active ranks. Ken Giles would get the call in any save chances while the veteran right-hander is sidelined.
Jordan Zimmerman held the Marlins to two runs over six innings in Friday's loss.
Zimmerman had allowed nine earned runs over his last 8 2/3 innings, but he settled things down against the Marlins. Over his six innings on Friday, he scattered six hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter. The lone cloud on this outing came when he allowed RBI singles to Mat Latos and Dee Gordon in the fifth inning. Zimmerman would not factor into the decision in the 3-2 loss. He'll look to keep that 5.25 ERA moving downward when he takes to the road against the Braves in his next start.
Ben Revere drove home the game-winning run in the ninth inning on Friday, delivering the Phillies a 1-0 victory over the Braves.
Freddy Galvis singled off Jim Johnson to lead off the ninth inning, was sacrificed to second and took third on a passed ball, setting the stage for Revere's ground ball to first base to plate the winning run. Even with the lone RBI, Revere finished the night 0-for-5 and is hitting just .172/.213/.259 on the season.
Aaron Harang was magnificent again on Friday, firing eight shutout innings in a no-decision against the Braves.
Unfortunately for Harang, his team was unable to scratch out a run of support for him. He scattered just two hits and a walk over his eight frames while racking up six strikeouts. He seems to be at his best every April, and this year has been no different with a 1.37 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 21/6 K/BB ratio over 26 1/3 innings. He'll face a much tougher test next time out when he does battle against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Wednesday.