The Miami Marlins enter their series finale with the Philadelphia Phillies on a historically bad stretch. After opening the series by getting shut out by a 5-0 final, they followed with a 20-1 loss which ranked as the worst in Marlins history.
Miami started the season by splitting a four-game set with the 2016 Major League Champion Chicago Cubs. They followed that with a two-game sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox, but mostly Hanley Ramirez.
Their road opener in Philadelphia on Thursday was largely forgettable, a 5-0 loss to Jake Pivetta. Pivetta whiffed nine Marlins in 5 2/3 innings. He easily topped Miami counterpart Caleb Smith, who walked six and surrendered three runs in three innings of work.
Jarlin Garcia again composed himself nicely, setting up perfectly for a rotation spot. He went four innings, allowing a two run blemish in the seventh innings on Mikael Franco’s moonshot. The shutout was only the second worst game of the two games played so far in the three game series.
On Saturday’s game, Derek Dietrich started by manufacturing a run, hitting a single, moving to second on a Lewis Brinson groundout, and scoring on a wild pitch/throwing error for a 1-0 Marlins lead. Things came undone after that.
As seen above, the Phillies thought that was fun. It wasn’t fun for us. The Marlins got their bell rung to the tune of 20 runs on 20 hits. Not a typo. 12 of Philadelphia’s runs came on four home runs, including two grand slams. Dillon Peters was victimized for nine in 2 2/3 innings, Jacob Turner surrendered eight in just one frame, and Tayron Guerrero allowed two more in one inning of work. Junichi Tazawa also allowed a run in the seventh inning.
Before the game, the Marlins designated reliever Jacob Turner for assignment, and called up Tyler Cloyd.
I’m trying something new today. I’ll be breaking down the Marlins victory in slideshow format. Please let me know what you think later.