Fish Cap: Miami Marlins 2, Arizona Diamondbacks 1

Mike Ehrmann

The Miami Marlins defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. Ricky Nolasco struck out a season high 11 batters in his start.

Wins haven't come easy for the Miami Marlins.

Despite a ninth inning rally by the Diamondbacks, the Marlins were able to salvage the final game of the series with a 2-1 victory over Arizona on Sunday afternoon.

Both Ricky Nolasco and lefty Wade Miley got off to good starts. Miley cruised through five innings before the Marlins were able to get on the board.

With one out, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria hit a single to center field. After third baseman Placido Polanco flied out, Derek Dietrich reached base on a single. Right fielder Marcell Ozuna then followed with a double off the left field wall, which gave the Marlins a 2-0 lead.

Miami entered the game having scored only 11 runs over their previous 17 games.

Ricky Nolasco continued to pitch well, and took the 2-0 lead into the ninth. After giving up a leadoff double to Didi Gregorious, manager Mike Redmond removed Nolasco and brought closer Steve Cishek into the game.

Nolasco finished the game with eight innings pitched, one earned run, five hits, and one walk. He also struck out a season-high 11 batters and lowered his earned run average to 3.96.

Cishek got Paul Goldschmidt to ground out, which allowed Gregorious to advance to third. Jason Kubel then hit a sacrifice fly that made it a one run game.

Arizona is the only team in baseball that hasn't been shutout in a game this season.

Pinch hitter Eric Chavez singled and Martin Prado walked, which prompted Redmond to summon lefty Mike Dunn from the bullpen. Left-handed hitters are batting over .300 against Cishek this year.

Dunn immediately walked Miguel Montero before getting A.J. Pollick to ground out on a 3-2 pitch to end the game.

While Nolasco was dominant early on, Miley was equally as good. Aside from a double off the bat of catcher Jeff Mathis (his first hit as a Marlin) and a Chris Coghlan double in the fifth, the young Miami lineup was dominated by the lefty. Miley lost for just the third time this season.

After Miley's six innings, Miami struggled to add any runs off of Arizona relievers Brad Ziegler and Josh Collmenter.

Miami will begin a three game series with Philadelphia on Monday night before heading to Chicago for an inter-league match-up with the White Sox.

Source: FanGraphs

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