Last night as I was watching the Miami Marlins fall to the Boston Red Sox for their ninth loss on their ten game home stand, I did not fell upset, angry, or even saddened. All I was thinking last night was, “it’s finally over,” in regards to this horrendous home stand. The Marlins have been a better road team in 2012 then they have been at home, although not by much.
My thinking is, it cannot get any worse then it did. Maybe the pressure of trying to match the excitement that the Miami Heat brought night in and out got to the Marlins. The team has already lost 8 games in the month of June, 13 days in. The Marlins lost 8 games in all of May.
The game last night was nothing short of misery. The Marlins had no hits through five innings, and by that time were already trailing the Boston Red Sox 4-0.
Trailing 4-1 in the bottom half of the seventh inning, the Marlins had a chance to get back into the game. Of course, like they have in the past, the Marlins failed to convert on this opportunity. Hanley Ramirez led the inning of with a single. Giancarlo Stanton followed with a double, to set the Marlins up with runners on second and third, nobody out.
At the plate was the Marlins most consistent hitter the first two months of the season, Omar Infante. Unfortunately, the calendar no longer reads April/May and Infante is not swinging the bat as well as he did those months. Infante popped out for the first out of the inning. Infante’s pop out was a glimpse into the Marlins bad hitting with runners in scoring position. The way the next out happened was indicative of the Marlins overall state of mind, frustration, and boneheaded mistakes.
Justin Ruggiano hit a ground ball to the short stop. The Red Sox were playing their infield back and were allowing Hanley to score either way. The Marlins would have still been setup with Stanton on second and Gaby Sanchez up. Instead, Stanton made a boneheaded decision to advance to third on a ball hit right in front of him. He was easily thrown out, and the momentum for the Marlins comeback was as well.
The Red Sox would score six runs, all earned, and did so off of three different pitchers (Gaudin, Choate, and Webb) in the top of the eight inning to put any chances of a Marlins comeback to rest. But that does not mean there was no more Marlins drama involved.
In the top half of the ninth inning, after Heath Bell struck out Will Middlebrooks for the second out of the inning, Ozzie Guillen decided to end the night for his closer. Bell was not too happy with this decision, and the two had a shouting match on the mound.
Fortunately for Marlins fans, this seemed to be just frustration for the loss, as both Bell and Guillen said they apologized to each other and everything should be fine.
Ricky Nolasco was the starter for the Marlins on this evening, he pitched a decent game Nolasco (L, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO), but it was not enough, as the Marlins offense continued to struggle.