Marlins fans had looked forward to returning Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton to the lineup, until Yovani Gallardo and the Brewers soured the reunion. Miami’s new-look offense offered just five hits all night, while starter Ricky Nolasco gave up ten hits in 5 1/3 innings. After Milwaukee’s hit parade and the Fish’s meager offensive showing, Miami ate their 45th loss of the season.
Nolasco was hit hard early, as Norichika Aoki led off the game with a double. Miami threw the ball around after a Carlos Gomez single, leading to a throwing error charged to Rob Brantly—and another Milwaukee run. The Marlins righty would allow two more hits to the front end of Milwaukee’s lineup, getting out of the inning allowing just two runs.
More of the same followed Nolasco in the second and third innings, allowing a run on two hits and a Rickie Weeks dinger, putting the Fish behind 0-4 going into the fourth inning.
Miami’s was scoreless by the seventh inning, and Ryan Webb was on the mound for the Marlins having relieved Nolasco in the sixth. Webb allowed two runs on four hits and lost his pitching privileges in favor of Edgar Olmos for the eighth inning. The Brew Crew was done scoring by then, having collected sixteen hits.
Ed Lucas subbed in at third in the sixth, after Placido Polanco took a fall into the dugout in the fourth inning. Polanco’s 8th ground into double play of the season earlier in the game moved his line to a dismal .229/.288/.259. If Polanco is to be played over Lucas, Redmond should at least move him down in the lineup.
First pitch for starter Jacob Turner is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET as Miami hosts game two of the series against Milwaukee.