The Miami Marlins just need to change divisions. If we do, World Champions for sure.
Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. The Fish dropped another NL East game, losing to the visiting New York Mets 6-2 Friday night at Marlins Park. Tom Koehler found himself locked in a relative pitcher’s duel with the mighty Noah Syndergaard for six innings, but the power of Thor won out in the end. Mike Dunn came on for his second appearance since returning from injury after a Koehler walk to open up the seventh, and promptly served up a home run to James Loney. The hard-luck Koehler was tagged with the winning run and his sixth loss of the season, but has surrendered more than three runs just once in his last nine starts.
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The offense was few and far between in this one, with only Christian Yelich having a multi-hit game, and Marcell Ozuna providing all the RBIs between a sac fly and his 11th home run of the season. The Marlins stole three bases, marking the first time the team stole bases in consecutive games since Dee Gordon was roaming the basepaths. But on an off night for the bullpen, and a dominant night from one the game’s top pitchers, it wasn’t enough.
So the NL East issues continue. Despite being a mere 0.5 games out of the second NL Wild Card spot, and trailing a team they hold a tie breaker over in just defeated Pittsburgh, the Fish have managed to go just 11-18 against their own division. It’s hard work to waste an 18-8 mark against the rest of the majors, but the Marlins are giving it their all. Let’s hope things start to turn around this afternoon.
And now we Stat Wrap:
- Ozuna Watch: Reached base in three straight starts.
- Thanks to his 11th homer of the year.
- With 2 RBIs last night, he moves into the club lead in that category.
- Ichiro Watch: No hits, but two more stolen bases, one shy of 37th all-time.
- J.T. Realmuto got in on the action as well with his third swiped bag of 2016.
- Cody Hall had a scoreless eighth inning in his Marlins debut.
- But he also gave up a 2-run HR to somebody named Rene Rivera in the ninth.
- Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
- Koehler took his team leading sixth loss, but gave up three runs or less for the eighth time in his last nine starts. Solid stuff.