The Miami Marlins dropped their series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-1 on Thursday afternoon.
Caleb Smith started and had three runs pinned on him before the Miami Marlins got their first turn at the plate. Mike Moustakas (17) and Christian Yelich (23) both went deep in the frame, and Smith only lasted five innings in total. Smith surrendered a total of four runs on six hits and a pair of walks, while striking out two batters. He finished the game with a 26 GameScore, his lowest mark of the 2019 season.
The loss put a halt to the Marlins four-game winning streak, although the Fish have still won 13 of their last 19 contests. Moustakas clobbered another homer off Smith in the third, his 18th of the season.
On the other side of the ball, the Marlins never did get a good read on opposing starter Freddy Peralta. The 5’11” right-handed Dominican native, who just turned 23 on Tuesday, struck out nine Marlins in six innings while allowing only one run on four hits. He didn’t walk anyone, and earned a GameScore of 74. The first three hits he allowed were all doubles, by Rosell Herrera, JT Riddle, and Austin Dean. The hit that counted, however, was Garrett Cooper‘s sixth inning RBI-single, scoring Herrera.
Ryan Braun brought home Lorenzo Cain on a seventh-inning single to put a cap on the scoreboard for the day. The Brewers 5-1 victory avoided a sweep at the hands of the still-National league-worst Miami Marlins.
Nobody on the Marlins collected more than one hit in the game. In addition to those noted above, Curtis Granderson grabbed a pinch-hit-single to finally get his average back to .200. Austin Brice pitched a perfect sixth, striking out two Brewers, Tayron Guerrero surrendered the Cain-RBI amongst three hits in the seventh, and Sergio Romo tossed a perfect eighth in relief. Meanwhile, Brewers relievers Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader combined for three shutout one hit innings, striking out five Marlins between them.
The Miami Marlins did win the series, their fifth series win in their last six, and are off to Marlins Park to take on the Atlanta Braves in a three-game set. José Ureña (4-6, 4.14), Trevor Richards (3-5, 3.53), and Pablo Lopez (4-5, 4.52) will start for the Marlins.
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