May 21, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Delmon Young (3) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The Miami Marlins were shutout for the ninth time in the 2013 season on a 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Cliff Lee was brilliant on the mound for the Phils tossing a complete game and allowing only 3 Marlins hits on the night. Not only could the Marlins muster just 3 singles, 2 of those never left the infield.
Just to make matters worse, Marlins starter Kevin Slowey left after the fifth inning due to a back injury. Slowey had limited the Phils to only one run to that point, scattering six hits and walking none while recording six strikeouts. After having surrendered 11 earned runs in his two previous starts, it appeared that Slowey was returning to the form he had displayed earlier in the season before the injury struck.
On offense the Marlins only threat occurred in the second inning when they loaded the bases on a single by Marcell Ozuna followed by a walk and hit by pitch. That is as far as it went though with Lee inducing the next hitter, Nick Green, to ground into a double play and then getting a pop out to end the inning. The double play was the Marlins’ 47th hit into on the season which ranks them second in the National League behind only the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Derek Dietrich and Miguel Olivo had the other two Marlins hits on the night. The Marlins now have a team batting average of .222 on the season and an OPS of .599. That .599 OPS would rank in the top 10 of all time worst OPS by a team if the season ended today.
Cliff Lee improved his record to 5-2 while Slowey dropped to 1-5 on the season.
Up Next: The Marlins will travel to Chicago for an interleague series with the White Sox this weekend. The Friday starter will be Tom Koehler (0-2) for the Fish and John Danks (0-0) making his season debut for the White Sox.