Hero of the Game: Ricky Nolasco (0.157 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Adeiny Hechavarria (-0.265 WPA)
Play of the Game: Adeiny Hechavarria grounded into a double play in the third inning. Derek Dietrich out at home (-0.168 WPA).
The Miami Marlins came off of an encouraging 14-run outing against Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies. They responded by scoring just one run in three games versus the San Diego Padres, culminating in today's 1-0 shutout loss at the hands of Jason Marquis.
The most difficult part about today's loss is that the Marlins had a chance in the game thanks to the strong work of Ricky Nolasco, who put up his best start of the season against the Padres. Nolasco struck out nine batters, the highest total he has put up since May 6, 2011. Nolasco got an amazing 17 whiffs in 102 pitches, good for a 16.7 percent swinging strike rate. Padres hitters were powerless to stop Nolasco's run of strikeouts, but in the sixth inning, he finally ran into some difficulty. Two of his four hits allowed came in the sixth, along with his lone walk of the day. These events loaded the bases against Nolasco, and Yonder Alonso delivered the sacrifice fly to left field that was able to bring home the lone run of the game. Nolasco allowed only three other non-out events the rest of the game.
Today's culprit was the Marlins' horrendous offensive effort. The Fish actually collected five hits and a walk, and they too had an inning in which two of those hits and a walk coincided. The Marlins got rookie Derek Dietrich, making his major league debut, and Miguel Olivo on board with a single and double respectively in the third inning. Two batters late, Juan Pierre drew a walk to load the bases and give the Marlins a 61.6 percent chance of winning the game. Adeiny Hechavarria, who was the hero on Sunday, delivered a crushing blow to the Marlins today, as he grounded into a double play that ended the inning and cost the team almost 17 percent of a win in the game.
The Fish only had three more non-out events, and they scattered those through the remaining innings. Jason Marquis retired 12 in a row including that Hechavarria double play, and the Marlins eventually lost the game.
The team has an off day tomorrow before starting a three-game weekend series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.