Dillon Peters set a pretty high standard for himself in his first major-league start.
While his second on Wednesday night wasn’t awful, Peters’ performance wasn’t good enough to keep the Marlins from dropping another game to the Nationals.
The Marlins’ latest anemic offensive performance led to a 8-1 defeat — their eighth consecutive loss to the National League East leaders. The Marlins (67-72) have scored only 12 runs during those losses. The Nationals (85-54) have won 13 of the 19 meetings this season.
Peters, the Marlins’ rookie lefty, who pitched seven shutout innings in his debut last Friday against the Phillies, gave up two quick runs in the first inning. Ryan Zimmerman smacked a solo home run in the fourth.
Peters, the No. 4 overall prospect in the Marlins’ farm system, gave up six hits, walked two, and struck out six over five innings in his first career defeat.
While the damage on Peters wasn’t severe, it was enough for the Nationals to prevail as the Marlins continued to struggle at the plate against a division nemesis that has had their number since early August.
“They were coming in ready to swing at the fastball and I was leaving it a lot over the middle of the plate,” Peters said. “You just have to keep chucking away. I just have to keep my head down and keep working and get ready for my next start.”