The Marlins coughed up a lead in the late innings last night to drop their second straight and eleventh of their last fourteen. Kyle Barraclough started the eighth up 5-1, but he promptly allowed the first four batters he faced to reach base. All of them would come around to score and tie the game. He shared his thoughts after the game. So did bench coach Tim Wallach.
A.J. Ramos allowed the eventual winning run to get into scoring position when he tried to make a play on an infield single and threw the ball into right field. Dexter Fowler would pinch hit and single home the runner after that.
Adeiny Echavarria left the game with an oblique injury. Don Mattingly was ejected for the second consecutive game while defending Christian Yelich, who had been ejected for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout.
Before departing, Mattingly shook up Miami’s lineup, dropping customary leadoff hitter Dee Gordon to ninth and batting Justin Bour in his stead. It was the first time in Gordon’s Marlins career that he had not batted in the top spot. Mattingly explained the changes prior to the game.
Earlier Tuesday, the Fish demoted Adam Conley to Triple - A New Orleans and purchased the contract of catcher Tomas Telis, giving the Marlins baseball’s weirdest roster. They also placed Miguel Rojas on the 60-day DL with a broken thumb and purchased the contract of infielder Tyler Moore. The injury bug has bit the Marlins hard this month, but some help is on the way.
Around the League
More Mets drama, as Matt Harvey apologized to his team for failing to show up for a game last week.
The Marlins aren’t alone in their bullpen woes. There is plenty of closer turmoil around the league, as Francisco Rodriguez has been deposed in Detroit; Mark Melancon hit the DL in San Francisco, and the Nationals bullpen is just a mess, blowing another late lead and allowing the Orioles to walk off for their six straight win.
With so many supposed contenders failing to live up to expectations, Ken Rosenthal surmises there may be some surprise sellers come this trade season.
Albert Pujols hit another homer, putting him just four from joining the 600-HR club. Pirates starter Jameson Taillon had surgery for suspected testicular cancer and shared some motivational words. Here’s wishing him a speedy recovery.