Prado looks like old self, especially vs. Scherzer

Prado looks like old self, especially vs. Scherzer

WASHINGTON -- Facing Max Scherzer is not an easy task for any hitter, yet throughout the years, Martin Prado has enjoyed success against one of the top right-handers in the game.

Prado came up big again on Friday night in the Marlins' 4-3 win over the Nationals at Nationals Park. The Miami third baseman connected on a two-run homer in third inning that put his team ahead to stay.

For the night, Prado was 2-for-3 against Scherzer, making him 8-for-16 (.500) in his career against the ace. Along with his homer, Prado added a two-out single in the first inning, and he scored on Derek Dietrich's double off the wall.

In a season where the Marlins have had so much instability, Prado has provided unwavering professionalism. His production hasn't been where he's expected it. But in his last 16 games, he has three home runs and 12 RBIs.

Prado spent time on the disabled list, from June 15-July 17, with a right shoulder sprain. Perhaps recently, he's looked like his old self.

"Martin is not a complainer," manager Dan Jennings said. "I don't know if he would ever admit to that, but after the Trade Deadline, now he knows he's kind of the senior member in there. He's truly stepped up, leadership-wise, and his play on the field has been tremendous. Defensively of late, he's really played a tremendous third base and given us some huge at-bats, productive at-bats."

Prado, who has hit safely in 10 straight at Nationals Park, says it's a matter of finding his swing.

"I'm not one of those guys who is going to use my shoulder as an excuse," he said. "It's one of those years where I haven't found my swing. It's not about the shoulder. But finally, I'm looking for adjustments. I know it is kind of late in the season, but finally I've found myself in a routine where I feel comfortable."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.