Miami Marlins: Anderson Continues to Impress in Marlins Loss

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 8: Brian Anderson #15 of the Miami Marlins singles in the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Marlins Park on June 8, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 8: Brian Anderson #15 of the Miami Marlins singles in the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Marlins Park on June 8, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /

Brian Anderson continued to showcase his full cupboard of tools, collecting a pair of base hits and an outfield assist. The Miami Marlins still lost to the San Diego Padres.

San Diego Jumps On Straily

Dan Straily took the hill for the Miami Marlins and got in trouble right away. He allowed a leadoff single to Travis Jankowski. Fortunately for Straily, Brian Anderson‘s laser-rocket arm in right field gunned Jankowski down trying to stretch it into a double. Anderson was also pretty good in Friday’s game.

But Straily’s problems didn’t end there. Next up was South Florida native Eric Hosmer, who singled off of Straily’s ribs at nearly 110 MPH.

Straily then allowed a Jose Pirela single and struck out Franmil Reyes. Cory Spangenberg hit an RBI-single, then stole second. On the same play, J.T. Realmuto couldn’t handle the pitch, and Pirela crossed the plate to make it 2-0. Freddie Galvis followed with an RBI-double.

Before the Miami Marlins even got their chance at the plate, they were staring at a 3-0 deficit, on five hits to the Padres.

Derek Dietrich put a dent in Padres starter Tyson Ross in the third inning, scoring Starlin Castro on an RBI-single. Castro had earlier reached second on his 17th double of the season.

Galvis led off the fourth inning against Straily with his third home run of the season to make it 4-1, Padres. After collecting a pair of outs, Straily allowed Ross to single in to center field. It was the ninth hit collected off Straily, against only 11 outs. Straily’s resultant 30 GameScore was his lowest of the campaign. All four runs were earned, and even though he earned four strikeouts, his pitch count was already up to 87 by the time he got lifted. 55 of them were in the strike zone. Adam Conley came in to settle things down, and pitched 1 1/3 flawless innings.

The Men Come Around

Subsequent reliever Elieser Hernandez set the Padres down on one hit in the sixth inning. That’s when the Miami Marlins decided to make a new game out of it.

Dietrich led off the frame with his eighth home run of the season.

Ross then got Realmuto to wave at strike three before Justin Bour hit a double.

After that nifty bit of baserunning, Anderson hit his second single of the game. Anderson is now hitting .307 after his 22nd multi-hit game this year.

The Padres then trotted out Craig Stammen to relieve Ross, and Stammen promptly uncorked a wild pitch. Bour scored easily on the play. That’s when Miguel Rojas, who was at the time in the midst of an 0-for-18 slump, did something cool.

JB Shuck came up next, and flew out to leave the score locked at four.

Drew Steckenrider came in to pitch the seventh inning for the Miami Marlins, and allowed one walk and a stolen base (and a resultant intentional walk). Despite that, he also collected three strikeouts in the frame. It was the fourth time this season that he struck out the side, and the eighth time he’s turned the trick overall.

Things Come Apart

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Miami couldn’t get anything going in the bottom of the inning. In the eighth, Drew Rucinski (1-1, 3.86) got two quick outs on Cory Spangenberg and Galvis before Hunter Renfroe hit a double. Rucinski intentionally walked Raffy Lopez, then unintentionally walked Matt Szczur. Jankowski, perhaps still sore from his embarrassing foible in the first inning, singled sharply to Anderson for what would prove to be the game winning RBI.

The Miami Marlins didn’t challenge in their half of the eighth. In the ninth, the only thing they got was Lewis Brinson getting to first on a throwing error by Spangenberg.

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