In game one of the interleague doubleheader between the Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins, the Marlins fell by a score of 3-4. The Marlins offense managed one walk and eight strikeouts against the Twins today.
Rookie Jose Fernandez was penned in as the starting pitcher this morning after last night’s game was canceled due to snow. Fernandez maneuvered through 5.0 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and taking the loss.
Minnesota wasted no time to score, as Brian Dozier led off the bottom of the first inning with a triple to left-center field. Justin Mourneau grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Dozier. The score stayed at 0-1 until the fourth inning.
The Marlins took a 1-2 lead in the fourth inning after a Joe Mahoney single scored both Gregg Dobbs and Justin Ruggiano. Mahoney already had a hit to his name from the second inning and was the only Marlin in the lineup with multiple on-base appearances.
Twins starter Kevin Correia, who moved to 4-0 with today’s win, allowed only two runs on five hits in 7.0 innings of work. Correia, who was hardly ever threatened by the Marlins offense, also only required 87 pitches to get through those seven innings.
The Twins took back their lead in the bottom of the fourth, after Fernandez got into trouble early on two straight singles from Chris Parmelee and Trevor Plouffe. The next batter, Oswaldo Arcia mashed his first career home run into deep right-center field. Fernandez retired the next three batters, leaving the score at 2-4, Twins.
Miami managed one more run after Twins reliever Jared Burton hit two consecutive Marlin batters and Greg Dobbs grounded out. The groundout was an unfortunate break for Miami, as Burton just barely got his glove on the ball, leading to an unconventional 1-6-3 groundout instead of a 2-run single that ties the game. The score would stay at 3-4.
Ryan Webb finished the game for the Marlins in relief of Fernandez, allowing only one hit and one walk in his scoreless three innings of work. Twins closer Glen Perkins worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning, picking up his sixth save of the year.