Miami Marlins: Kyle Barraclough Melts Down, No-Sweep Marlins Strike Again
Kyle Barraclough uncharacteristically coughed up a three-run lead, and blew a save to the Tampa Bay Rays. The setback denied the Miami Marlins another sweep, although the Fish have won nine-of-13 series through the season.
All of Miami’s damage came in the second inning against Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer. Justin Bour started with a one-out single, followed by a Martin Prado double. Cameron Maybin loaded the bases by getting plunked by Archer on a 2-2 offering. Miguel Rojas then stroked a double into right field, scoring Bour and Prado. Maybin scored on a throwing error by Carlos Gomez, when the ball glanced off Rojas. Rojas took third on the play. Bryan Holaday closed the book on the scoring with a single to score Rojas a moment later.
In the bottom of the second, Mallex Smith drove a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Jake Bauers to get one back.
Through the next seven innings, the score remained the same. In the bottom of the ninth, Barraclough allowed a Bauers double to leadoff, followed by a C.J. Cron single and a Ji-Man Choi single. With the bases jacked, Barraclough got Carlos Gomez to swing and miss at a 1-3 fastball.
Smith followed with a force RBI-groundout, unassisted by Starlin Castro. Barraclough then walked Willy Adames to load the bases once more with two outs. Daniel Robertson ended it with a grand slam into left field, his eighth round-tripper of the season.
- Prado finished two-for-four with a double, raising his average to .237.
- Rojas was also two-for-four with a double, and a run scored.
- Derek Dietrich finished the day one-for-five with four strikeouts.
- Bour went one-for-four with a run.
- Yadiel Rivera pinch-hit for Cameron Maybin, and ended up one-for-two.
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- Trevor Richards earned a 75 GameScore with a 6 2/3 inning effort. He allowed just one earned run on three hits and a walk, striking out six. Richards got 65-of-102 pitches over the plate, and left one runner on third base when he was lifted.
- Richards was relieved by Brad Ziegler, who struck out Adames on a 2-2 curveball. Of the six pitches Ziegler threw to Adames, the fastest as 74.6 MPH. Ziegler then worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning to deliver Barraclough his save opportunity.
- Barraclough has, of course, been mostly lights-out this season. With five earned runs allowed in 2/3 of an inning, his ERA increased by one run, from 1.45 to 2.45.
Tomorrow night at 7:10PM, the Marlins will host the 53-42 Atlanta Braves. Jose Urena (2-9, 4.39) will take the hill opposite Sean Newcomb (8-5, 3.51).
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