The Marlins offense failed to show up today as eight different Houston Astros combined for a shutout, allowing only 4 hits on the afternoon. The loss served as a bad flashback for Marlins’ fans as they were reminded of the team from last year that routinely struggled to score runs. Houston got on the board quickly, with Marc Krauss belting a high fastball over the fence in the first for a solo home run against Jacob Turner. Turner also got into trouble in the second, eventually working his way out of runners at 2nd and 3rd with only 1 out.
Marlins’ pitching was a general bright spot on the day, with numerous pitchers coming in and holding the Houston offense scoreless. The seventh inning saw things start to slip away for Miami, with Chaz Roe allowing two runs in the inning. Angel Sanchez allowed one run in the ninth inning to finish out the scoring for Houston.
While the Marlins’ offense was held scoreless, they did have one golden opportunity that they failed to convert on. With runners on the corners and two outs, Christian Yelich worked a walk, bringing up Giancarlo Stanton with the bases loaded. This is precisely the spot that Miami is hoping to find themselves in during the season. Unfortunately, this time Stanton struggled against the side-arm right-handed pitcher, and ended up flying out to left field to end the inning.
The Marlins will take on Minnesota tomorrow afternoon, and Tom Koehler will take the hill as the Marlins look to avoid falling to .500 this spring. Look for our preview tomorrow and keep checking back with us for all the latest Marlins news and notes.