The Miami Marlins suffered a deflating 10-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night at Marlins Park. Deflating because it came a day after a come from behind victory led by the new look lineup which finally included Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison. There was a glimmer of hope that the return of the injured stars would turn the Marlins into a more competitive team, but alas it was not to be.
The Brewers jumped out to an early lead on Marlins starter Kevin Slowey and would never look back. Slowey was starting on just 3 days rest after being forced to throw 7 scoreless innings of relief during last Saturday’s 20 inning victory over the Mets. He was in trouble right from the beginning allowing a 3-run triple in the first after loading the bases. Slowey would then go on to give up single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings before being removed. His totaled 5 innings pitched and allowed 5 earned runs on 9 hits and 0 walks with 6 strikeouts. 52 of his 68 pitches went for strikes, but he was obviously catching too much of the plate as 3 triples and a home run were included in the 9 hits he allowed.
The Marlins offense was silenced by Brewers starter Alfredo Figaro who was making just his third start of the season. The Marlins managed just 5 hits on the night and 0 walks. Ed Lucas continued his hot hitting with a 2 for 4 night. He was the only Marlins with more than 1 hit. The Marlins lone run was scored in the bottom of the ninth inning as pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano led off with a single and eventually scored on a Stanton RBI fielder’s choice grounder.
Figaro notched his first win of the season for the Brewers taking his record to 1-0, while Slowey dropped to 2-6 for the Marlins.
Up Next: The Marlins have an off day Thursday before facing the St. Louis Cardinals in a weekend series at Marlins Park. The Friday match up will be Jose Fernandez (3-3) facing veteran Jake Westbrook (2-1).