It took seven starts, but Nathan Eovaldi was finally tagged for his first bad outing of the season. His fastball was floating high in the zone, an easy take for even the itchiest of trigger fingers. He only gave up two walks while striking out five, finding the strike zone quickly. Unfortunately, he caught too much of the zone, getting tagged for six runs on ten hits.
There's not a whole lot in the way of observation to be offered here.
In the name of context, it must be noted that Jonathan Lucroy was having perhaps his best game of the season. In fact, he'd finish the night at 4-for-4 and a homer, falling just a triple short of the cycle.
Now, on one of those four hits, Lucroy sent a fastball to right field. Giancarlo Stanton, clearly thinking this ball was out of the park, made a leaping attempt to snag it. As it turned out, Lucroy's shot didn't quite have enough back spin to keep it up. The ball looked like it was just short of a homer...that is, before it bounced off of Stanton's glove and up over the wall.
Ruggiano, Marlins Slumping Into the Second Half
The Marlins have been shut out for the second night in a row, unable to muster any runs from their five hits.
They did have their opportunities.
A bases loaded situation in the sixth saw Logan Morrison swing at the first pitch he saw, right into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
Heading into the All Star break, the Marlins looked as though they'd perhaps started to figure things out. July saw the team go 15-10. Now, the Marlins have been run-less for 24 innings in a three game losing spree.
In particular, Justin Ruggiano has been facing tough times at the plate.
In the month of July, Ruggiano's 48 at bats have produced just four hits. What's immediately evident in his plate appearances is that he can't quite seem to catch up to even the most modest get-me-over fastballs. Pitchers are wasting no time going after Ruggiano, forcing him into a 13 strikeouts/ 7 walks ratio.
Slowey Superb in Relief
Outside of some nifty glove work from Hechavarria (Hech being Hech?), Kevin Slowey was the lone bright spot for the Marlins on this occasion.
The righty came in for Eovaldi and was sporting an impressive 72 strikeouts to 18 walks in his 18 games. Against the Brewers on Saturday, Slowey would retire all six batters he faced while striking out 4.