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Marlins Morning News: quiet bats result in loss

Edinson Volquez is now 0-7 on the season as the Marlins only managed four hits yesterday in a 4-1 loss to Oakland. Plus links on Christian Yelich and Brad Ziegler.

Miami Marlins v Oakland Athletics Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Marlins News

Sonny Gray stifled the Marlins yesterday afternoon, striking out 11 over seven innings to out-pitch Edinson Volquez (three earned runs over six innings) as the Athletics split the two game series with Miami. The Marlins have yet to win back-to-back games in May as consistency continues to evade the team.

Christian Yelich left Tuesday’s game against Oakland with right hip flexor pain, but Miami’s center fielder feels like he should be able to avoid going on the disabled list. Despite his slow start, the Marlins need Yelich in the lineup if they want to break out of this prolonged slump.

Some people are already calling for the Marlins to tear the roster apart at the Trade Deadline, but a complete reboot is not necessary.

Brad Ziegler was arguably Miami’s biggest bullpen pickup this off-season, and the partnership started well for both parties. However, over the past few weeks something has changed, and his numbers have taken a sharp turn for the worse.

The Marlins have called-up relief prospect Drew Steckenrider after he had been dominating at Triple-A. He was rated as Miami’s number ten prospect before the season began.

Around the League

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Anthony Rizzo hit two solo home runs last night to continue his hot streak as the Cubs downed the Giants 5-4.

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