Miami’s three-game win streak came to an end as Kansas City’s win streak extended to nine in a 1-0 loss Tuesday.
The score was as low as it gets in a baseball game, as Andrew Cashner (4-10) was narrowly outdueled on the night by Yordano Ventura (9-9).
Ventura struck out six and scattered six hits over six scoreless innings, and had devilishly good stuff to match.
The Marlins were never able to get anything tangible started against the often-inconsistent Ventura, who was commanding the strike zone with his near-triple digit fastball and wipe out curve on the night.
Marcel Ozuna came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth, but flied out cheaply to right. Ozuna redeemed himself in the sixth with a leadoff double and advanced to third with only one out. But Ichiro grounded out to a shallow infield, preventing any damage in what was the Marlins’ best chance to get on the board.
For their part, the Royals manufactured offense in typical Royals fashion. Paulo Orlando lead off the sixth with a walk, then stole second and scored on a Lorenzo Cain single.
Cain’s hit was one of only four that Andrew Cashner gave up on the evening. Miami’s near-deadline acquisition pitched his best outing in his sixth start with the Fish, surrendering only four hits and two walks in his own six-inning effort.
This is Cashner’s second-straight start with only one earned run, both games that the Marlins have lost.
Ozuna left the game in the top of the eighth due to a family emergency. Newly acquired Oswaldo Arcia grounded out about ten feet when he came on to pinch hit in the ninth.
Miami will turn to their ace tomorrow night, as Jose Fernandez looks to stop the red hot Royals, who have now won 13 of their last 15 games.
Hero of the Game: Yordano Ventura (.359 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Ichiro (-.246)
Play of the Game: Lorenzo Cain RBI single (.141)