I'll make this brief, because the Marlins offense made me sleepy and I want to take a nap. Also, as many of you can attest, MLB.tv failed us all today so I didn't actually watch any of it.
- Adam Conley got lit up early and often, giving up four runs in the first inning, one in the second and one in the fourth. And yes, the opposing pitcher got a hit. Conley hasn't given up many home runs this season so I guess you could say he was due to give up a big blow and he did, a three run shot to Pete O'Brien in that four run first. Of course, the D-Backs could've scored just one run and come away with the victory in this one. The six runs were tallied off of 11 hits for the Snakes. Conley would also strike out two and walk one. If the game plan was to pitch to contact, then I think the game plan was executed.
- The Marlins offense was non-existent against another mediocre pitcher, picking up three measly hits and a single walk. I implored the Marlins, early on in the gamethread, not to let Robbie Ray "Jeff Locke" them; nevertheless, that is exactly what happened. Ray threw a career high 116 pitches before exiting the game with two outs in the seventh. The offense managed to hit into three double plays despite only have five men on base all game. That is what you call efficiency.
- Ichiro! picked up a walk in his lone at bat in the ninth inning. He remains at 2,974, 26 shy of 3,000.
- Dustin McGowan pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Conley, fanning four. There's your bright spot...hooray. All in all, it was a disheartening follow-up to a tough loss the previous evening.
June has not been a great month so far as the Marlins have dropped three straight series now. Silver lining I suppose is that they remain a game over .500 at 32-31 and are still within striking distance of both the NL East division and the NL wild card.
The Marlins play three against the Padres in San Diego starting tomorrow. It'll be Late Night With The Fish as Wei-Yin Chen squares off against Colin Rea, 10:10 ET.
Hero of the game: Pete O'Brien (.195)
Flounder of the game: Marlins (-.500)
Play of the game: Pete O'Brien three run shot in the first (.208)