Trevor Richards struck out eight Cardinals in front of his hometown coterie, but the Marlins failed to secure the win in 11.
Richards struggled with control early, but despite allowing three early walks he had a no-hitter going until the fifth inning. By the time he was relieved with two outs in the sixth, he had put 65-of-108 offerings over the plate. He gave up just one run, on four hits to drop his ERA to 3.54, the best mark from amongst qualified Miami Marlins starting pitching. Caleb Smith has a value of 3.41, but his 66 innings pitched places him below the leaderboard threshold.
The eighth inning would see the Miami Marlins string together a short two-out rally, with consecutive singles from pinch-hitter Jorge Alfaro, Austin Dean, and Miguel Rojas. Cesar Puello, recently acquired from the Anaheim Angels, grounded out to end the inning.
Miami Marlins relief pitching tossed four clean innings starting in the seventh. Jarlin Garcia walked a batter in that inning, followed by a perfect frame from Tayron Guerrero, who struck out one batter. Austin Brice came in for the ninth, coming away flawless with a clean inning and two strikeouts. The Marlins kept Brice on the hill to start the 10th, and he was lifted after allowing a pair to reach on a walk and a hit. Sergio Romo pitched the 10th, surrendering a walk to load the bases. He then struck out Harrison Bader and got Marcell Ozuna to ground into a double play to get out unscathed.
The bottom of the 11th would see Adam Conley get two quick outs, on a Yadier Molina grounder and a Dexter Fowler strikeout. Paul Goldschmidt (14) then took him deep for the walk off. Conley is now 1-7 with a staff-worst 8.00 ERA for the 2019 campaign. Even Wei-Yin Chen, after his awful start the season, has recovered to a mark of 7.39.
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Miami’s offense only managed five hits over the 11-inning affair. Rojas led the way with a single and a double, and had the only RBI in the contest. Curtis Granderson had the other hit, and also drew the only Marlins walk in the game.
Tonight at 7:15 PM EDT, Zac Gallen will make his major league debut for the Miami Marlins opposite Adam Wainwright (5-6, 4.46). Look for the Fish to push for a four-game split before heading to Philadelphia.
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