The Miami Marlins entered today's game against the Los Angeles Angels looking to build off Friday's 8-5 victory. The Marlins kept it close throughout, but they were never able to generate enough runs to down the Angels. The Marlins would fall to the Angels by a score of 5-2, which dropped the Marlins to 13 games below .500.
Mike Trout got the Angels going with a 456-foot home run that probably would've been out of the park if the windows were open. The Marlins would tie the game at 1 after an odd sequence in the field. Marcell Ozuna reached on an infield single, and Christian Yelich would score after Andrelton Simmons made an errant throw that landed in the stands.
The Angels would take the lead for good after Simmons drove in former Marlin Cameron Maybin on an RBI groundout. Both teams held serve for most of the game, until the Angels broke the game open in the eighth inning. With the bases loaded, Luis Valbuena drove in Maybin and Simmons which gave the Angels a 4-1 lead. Simmons would pad the lead in the ninth when he singled, which scored Maybin.
Ozuna would homer in the ninth to cut the lead to 5-2. The Angels wouldn't have any problems after that, as they wound up defeating the Marlins 5-2. JC Ramirez was solid for the Angels, as he allowed no runs and 7 hits in seven innings. Vance Worley got the start for the Marlins, and he was also solid.
He allowed two runs and two hits in five innings pitched. Brian Ellington, Jarlin Garcia, and David Phelps all pitched scoreless innings out of the bullpen, but Kyle Barraclough and Brad Ziegler allowed a combined three runs. The Marlins are now 7-15 at Marlins Park, which is the worst home record in baseball.
Trout's monster home run gave him the most homers in all of baseball with 16. Ozuna continued his torrid start to the season by going 3-4 with a home run. The Marlins will look to win the series tomorrow when the teams meet at 1:10 ET. Matt Shoemaker will start for the Angels, while Jose Ureña will be on the mound for the Marlins.
Swordfish: JC Ramirez (.384)
Flounder: Kyle Barraclough (-.191)
Play of the game: Ozuna reached on infield single, Yelich scored, Ozuna advanced to second on throwing error (.116)