On just a handful of occasions in 2013, Miami's bullpen has been given a lead that they have struggled to hold. On Friday night at Marlins Park, reliever Chad Qualls couldn't hold a late one run lead as the Marlins fell to the Rockies 3-2 in the first game of a three game series.
Koehler posts quality start
Tom Koehler has been given the opportunity to show the Marlins that he should be a part of their future rotation. After struggling early and being demoted for a brief period of time, Koehler showed Miami what he is capable of against the Rockies.
The right-hander had command of his pitches and consistently found the strike zone, and only was shaken up in the top of the sixth inning when a DJ LeMahieu triple and a Michael Cuddyer RBI groundout tied the game at one.
Over his seven innings, Koehler gave up six hits while striking out five and walking two batters. Though Colorado was able get on base early on, Koehler settled down and didn't give up a hit with a runner in scoring position.
Christian Yelich and Ed Lucas made key defensive plays playing behind Koehler.
Offense takes late lead
Against Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin, the Marlins were only able to score a pair of runs over a span of seven innings. Ed Lucas' third home run of the season in the fifth inning gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead, however the squad was able to score what at the time was the go ahead run against Chacin in the seventh to take a 2-1 lead.
Following a Jake Marisnick triple, Greg Dobbs hit a sacrifice fly to right that gave the Marlins a lead that they had a hard time holding on to.
Miami only got one runner in scoring position on Friday and couldn't score against the back end of Colorado's bullpen once the lead was lost.
Qualls blows one run lead
Chad Qualls, one of Miami's most consistent relief pitchers, entered the game with a 2-1 lead in the eighth, though the Rockies were able to take advantage of a pair of mistake pitches and take a late lead.
A Cuddyer RBI-single with one out and a Ryan Wheeler RBI-double to center field gave the Rockies a 3-2 edge that they would hold on to.
Qualls was charged with both the blown save and the loss.