MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 07: Pitcher Brad Hand #52 of the Florida Marlins throws against the New York Mets at Sun Life Stadium on September 7, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
The Marlins wrapped up their season series with the Mets on a low note Wednesday afternoon at Sun Life Stadium, thanks to an RBI double by Lucas Duda and the mysteriously baffling pitching of R.A. Dickey.
Brad Hand was on the Hill for the Marlins and gave up his only earned run in the first inning. Jose Reyes singled to lead off the game, and Duda doubled him in to plate what would prove to be the game-winning run.
Other than the first inning trouble and a handful of walks, Hand pitched well through six innings, allowing just one run on three hits. Unfortunately for the rookie pitcher, his teammates once again couldn’t figure out R.A. Dickey. Dickey shut out the Fish through seven innings, allowing just four hits, and collected his third win against the Marlins this season.
One bright spot in the loss was Matt Dominguez, who made his first Major League start at third base, and also collected his first Big League hit—a one-out single to center in the bottom of the second.
The Marlins had chances to tie the game or gain the lead, but they couldn’t manufacture a run when the opportunity presented itself, and left 8 on base in the game.
In the second, the team had runners on second and third with one out, but couldn’t drive in a run. They squandered a 2-on, 1-out situation in the third when Omar Infante was caught stealing third base. A double by Donnie Murphy went to waste in the fourth. In the eighth, Emilio Bonifacio hit a bunt single and moved to third on a sac bunt and groundout, but was left stranded.
Logan Morrison gave Marlins fans something to cheer about with an outfield assist in the eighth inning. David Wright tried to score from second on a single, but LoMo’s throw beat Wright to the plate, where John Buck tagged him out to keep the Marlins’ deficit at one run.
Steve Cishek, Mike Dunn, Ryan Webb and Burke Badenhop combined for three scoreless innings out of the bullpen, but the Marlins offense couldn’t back up the pitching, and the Fish dropped their final series with New York.
With the loss, the Marlins broke even with the Mets, going 9-9 on the season.