On a Bark in the Park, Nicaraguan Heritage, Saturday game, the Miami Marlins shut out the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-0 in front of 14,793.
Offense wasn’t the name of the game in this one, but the Miami Marlins touched Aaron Nola early. They would need it, as Nola settled down soon after. Miami’s starter, Trevor Richards, threw his fourth quality start in 13 tries.
Trevor Richards allowed two baserunners in the first inning. The Marlins loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame. Singles by Derek Dietrich and Brian Anderson, followed by a J.T. Realmuto walk set the stage for Justin Bour. After Bour struck out on three pitches, Starlin Castro hit an RBI-groundout and Martin Prado scored Anderson on a single to right. It was all the offense the Marlins would need.
Richards posted a GameScore of 68, getting 65-of-98 pitches over the plate. He allowed four hits and a pair of walks over six shutout innings. He also struck out four for his third major league victory. Counterpart Aaron Nola, who came into the game with a 12-2 record, settled down after the first, allowing one hit and no walks over his final five innings of work for a QS of his own. Nola finished with a 65 GameScore, just short of Richards.
Brad Ziegler allowed a leadoff single in the seventh inning, but after a force play, authored his 13th double-play grounder of the season.
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The Marlins only collected four hits in the game. Prado collected two of them to raise his average to .228. Dietrich and Anderson both went 1-for-4, going hitless after the first inning. The rest of the team combined to go 0-for-18. Cameron Maybin drew a walk and made things interesting in the seventh. He stole his seventh base of the season, and took third on a Garrett Cooper groundout. He would also make the highlight reel with his defensive work.
Maybin closed the Phillies half of the fifth with this web gem:
Later in the game, Maikel Franco was guilty of a two base error to Castro when he couldn’t differentiate a fair ball from a foul.
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