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Fish Cap: Miami Marlins 1, Colorado Rockies 2

Many golden opportunities passed Miami up as they lost a tight one to Colorado.

Dustin Bradford
Turner and De La Rosa Duel

After an offensively charged game for Miami on the previous night, the power of Jorge de la Rosa's left arm was enough to contain the Marlins offensive attack. Thanks to his wide array of pitches, de la Rosa was able to trick the young Marlins hitters as he worked a quality six inning performance without giving up a single Miami run.

On the other hand, Jacob Turner continues his solid rookie campaign with another quality outing that kept the Marlins in the game in the early frames.There were only two main instances where Turner really struggled were against Todd Helton who smashed two straight doubles which eventually lead to Colorado's two runs. Despite not being too electrifying, Turner was definitely in control for the entire two runs which will eventually be forgotten because of Miami's offensive struggles.

Missed Opportunities For Miami

Jorge de la Rosa and the rest of the Rockies pitching staff definitely put on a solid performance against Miami but that doesn't mean they were on point for the entire game. The low final score for Miami can be mainly attributed to the team's continued struggles with runners in scoring position. A prime example of that would be in the top of the 7th inning where the Marlins had a golden opportunity to blow the game open when reliever Edgmer Escalona allowed the bottom of Miami's order to quickly load the bases. With the top part of the Marlins' offense coming up, Escalona and two other Colorado relief pitchers (Josh Outman and Wilton Lopez) quickly struck out Adeiny Hechavarria and Christian Yelich while allowing slugger Giancarlo Stanton to lace an easy ground ball to the right side of the infield.

That aforementioned Colorado defense was also a huge factor in Miami's offensive woes as third baseman Nolan Arenado and left fielder Carlos Gonzalez took away a handful of surefire hits away from the Marlins. While it is disappointing to see so many well-hit shots go to waste, the Marlins offense was on-point for a good portion of the night despite that low score.

Before heading back to South Beach to start an extended homestand, the Marlins will be looking to rely on the right arm of Nathan Eovaldi as they look to even up the series in their final match-up against Colorado.

Source: FanGraphs