LeBlanc Has a Rough Outing
Wade LeBlanc did not have even close to his best stuff on Monday night. He struggled to locate his pitches all night and the young San Diego lineup took advantage. In the second inning, with the Marlins already trailing 1-0, LeBlanc left a 1-0 fastball up in the zone, and Jedd Gyorko hit it out to the batters eye in center field. Replays showed that Rob Brantly called for the pitch to be in the lower half of the zone, and LeBlanc just downright missed his spot. In the end, LeBlanc lasted five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) and three walks. In a total of six outings, LeBlanc has thrown a quality start in only one game.
Marlins Bats Stifled
The Marlins as a whole went 5-for-29 with three walks against Andrew Cashner and the Padres. Cashner shut down the Marlins by simply letting his defense do the work. He went 7.1 scoreless innings before handing the ball over to Dale Thayer to close the door. In both the second and third inning, the Marlins had a runner on third with only one out that they couldn't drive in. The Marlins need to start scoring runs off pitchers like Cashner on a more consistent basis. The Padres got just as many hits as the Marlins on Monday (5), but they managed to score five runs. If the Marlins middle of the lineup doesn't find a way to start driving in runners in scoring position, an already long season is going to get even longer.