Jose Urena put in a quality start on Friday night for the Miami Marlins, but the Colorado Rockies found a way to come out on top.
Urena was on point through the contest, taking the loss despite finishing with a 70 GameScore. He struck out five in seven solid innings, and allowed only one run on six hits. He walked one, but it was intentional.
Urena traded 1-2-3 first innings with counterpart Tyler Anderson. Urena then gave up a two-out single in the second to Gerardo Parra, but stranded him at first by getting Ian Desmond to ground into a force play.
In Miami’s half of the frame, Tyler Anderson whiffed Brian Anderson and allowed a single to Justin Bour. Cameron Maybin worked Tyler to a 3-1 count before getting his second mound visit of the inning. He was then lifted in favor of Antonio Senzatela with a heartbeat issue, according to Rockies manager Bud Black.
Urena struck out Chris Iannetta and Senzatela to open the third, then gave up a double to D.J. LeMahieu. With Charlie Blackmon at the plate, Urena whipped around and picked LaMahieu off. The call was challenged and upheld. Senzatella got Urena and Martin Prado out on strikes in the bottom of the inning.
Urena worked another 1-2-3 inning in the fourth, then watched LaMahieu strike out Starlin Castro and Anderson to open the bottom of the frame. After a Bour walk, Maybin grounded into a force out.
The fifth inning was Urena’s only real blemish, and the Rockies made him pay. He took the loss by giving up two doubles in the inning, one to pitcher Senzatella, scoring Parra. The run was the only one that would score for either team.
The sixth inning would see Urena get two quick outs then allow a single to David Dahl. Dahl tried to steal second base on an 0-1 pitch, but got pegged by Realmuto. The Marlins went tamely down in their half, 1-2-3.
Trevor Story led off the seventh with a single off Urena, but the next three batters couldn’t move him over. Bour drew a walk to lead off in the bottom half. He was followed by a Maybin whiff and a near-double play liner hit sharply off the bat of Rojas. Bour was quick enough to beat the reactive throw from Nolan Arenado. Brinson followed with a single to move Bour to second, but pinch-hitter Tomas Telis grounded out to strand two runners.
Reliever Nick Wittgren came on in relief in the eighth inning, and loaded the bases. Ryan McMahon hit a single, Pat Valaika moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt, then Charlie Blackmon flew out to left. After Wittgren intentionally walked Arenado, he gave up an unintentional pass to Dahl. Story whiffed on three pitches to bail Wittgren out of trouble.
In the bottom of the inning, Realmuto and Starlin Castro notched singles, but Anderson and Bour both struck out to strand them.
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Ninth inning pitcher Kyle Barraclough walked the bases loaded, then struck out the final two batters to keep the Marlins within striking distance. Pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich opened the Marlins’ half of the inning with a double, but Rojas and Brinson both struck out before J.B. Shuck drew a walk. Realmuto grounded into a force out to end the game.
A Few Things
- Marlins Park hosted the Miami Marlins, the Rockies, and 5,931 spectators.
- Tough luck for Urena, who has yet to earn a win this season. He certainly earned one today, but was saddled with a loss. He’s now 0-4 with a 4.91 ERA.
- Brinson went 1-for-4 at the plate and made five catches in centerfield. He also
- Wittgren and Barraclough combined to walk five batters in just two innings.
- Prado looked sharp in the field, but went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
In the Minors
- Last night, Monte Harrison hit his first home run of the season for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
- Adam Conley (1-3, 8.84) tossed six shutout innings for the New Orleans Baby Cakes, striking out four and earning his first win of the season.
- Jumbo Diaz earned his fourth save of the year, striking out two and walking two in his inning one work.
- Pablo Lopez started for the Shrimp and threw five shutout innings.
- Despite going 0-for-4, Austin Dean continues to lead the Southern League with a .442 average.
- Dustin Beggs struck out eight batters in three innings for the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
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