The Miami Marlins are trying their hardest to make the 2013 season unbearable for fans early on. The Marlins dropped their sixth consecutive game and picked up their ninth loss of the season, just 10 games in. The 1-9 start matches the start the Florida Marlins team of 1998. That 1998 team actually started the season out 1-11.
Offense Anemic, Again:
The Marlins offense collected eight base runners in this contest. The team collected four base hits, took three walks, and Juan Pierre was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning. Pierre was the lone Marlins to cross the plate, as Placido Polanco drove him in the ninth inning on a run-scoring single.
Polanco in fact picked up two of the four hits for the Marlins on the afternoon and is sitting hitting .500 (9-for-18) with runners in scoring position.
Solano on the other spectrum had an atrocious day for the Marlins batting and fielding. The Marlins had a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the eight off of reliever Matt Adams. Chris Coghlan walked with one out and advanced to third base on a Juan Pierre single to set the Marlins up with runners on the corners and one out. Solano hacked at a pitch early in the count and grounded into a routine double play to end the inning.
In the 10th, Michael Young looked like he was robbed of a base hit on a great play by Adeiny Hechavarria, who fired a throw to Solano, but Solano could not find the second base bag and Ryan Howard was safe as a result. He and manager Mike Redmond tried to argue the call, but replays showed that Solano missed the bag. The play resulted in Chase Utley, who had tripled earlier, scoring and extending the Phillies lead to 3-1.
Nolasco enjoys strong start:
Ricky Nolasco was on the mound for the Marlins in this one. Nolasco lasted six innings on the evening, allowing seven hits, while walking and striking out one hitter. His lone mistake came in the sixth inning, as he allowed a run-scoring double to Domonic Brown to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead at the time.
Nolasco now owns a 3.12 ERA on the season in three starts, but his FIP sits at a less favorable 4.60. The discrepancy is due to a unfavorable 1.50 K/BB ratio for Nolasco on the season.
Steve Cishek made his first appearance since his blown save Sunday in this one. He pitched a perfect ninth for the Marlins, striking out one batter and inducing two ground balls. After two shaky outings, it was good to see Cishek work back in this game. Although his ERA sits at an ugly mark of 10.80, his FIP of 1.90 indicate better results are on their way.
With Cishek already used, Mike Redmond turned to Jon Rauch to pitch the 10th inning for the team. Rauch allowed a one out single to Ben Revere and then a two out tripe to Utley to put the Phillies up 2-1. After Ryan Howard was intentionally walked, the aforementioned Michael Young infield single scored Ultey and put the game out of reach for the Marlins.
Upcoming: The Marlins will try to bounce back in game two of the series behind their young phenom Jose Fernandez. He will be going up against the Phillies left handed ace in Cole Hamels. Giancarlo Stanton is expected to miss the game due to a sore shoulder. He had an MRI today and the team is awaiting results. First pitch will be at 7:10 PM EST and will mark the first career home start for Fernandez. He is expecting a ton of family to be in attendance.