Tonight marked the 4,000th Marlins game in regular season history. Would they win in some spectacular fashion? Unsurprisingly no, they instead were shut out, 8-0. The Marlins had six hits on the night, but they were scattered across the nine innings. The pitching was not there again which looks to be a continuing issue for The Fish.
Trevor Richards would have a marathon first inning.
1st inning of tonight's #Marlins #Brewers game: 36 minutes, 66 pitches, 12 batters, 4 balls in play. 1 run, 2 hits, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts. To repeat: 4 balls in play in 36 minutes. #PaceOfPlay— Glenn Geffner (@GlennGeffner) April 21, 2018
Comically enough, Richards would than give up four runs on three pitches in the bottom of the fourth. A triple by Christian Yelich (who went one for two with two runs and an RBI) and back to back home runs for Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw. These pitches were down the middle just asking to be smashed. Richards had very little command tonight either being out of the zone or “right down broadway”.
Tayron Guerrero would come in for Richards and he was throwing heat. Multiple pitches were around 100 miles per hour. Guerrero would strike out all four batters he faced.
One reliever who did not have a good night was Drew Steckenrider. He had not given up a run through 8 1⁄3 innings, but tonight broke that streak. Steckenrider gave up two runs on three hits increasing the Brewers lead to eight.
Kyle Barraclough had some nice results, striking out two in his one inning of work. The pitches were really moving for him tonight. Brad Ziegler would also pitch an inning giving up two hits and no runs.
Jhoulys Chacin had his stuff tonight and made the Marlins work for everything. The bullpen also backed him up rather nicely. The Marlins only real threat was in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and one out. Cameron Maybin would strike out and Derek Dietrich would fly out to end the game.
J.T. Realmuto’s bat is nice and ready, while his defense is just a little rusty. Realmuto recovered a wild pitch in the dirt and threw it into centerfield while trying to get the runner out. This error would score in a run adding to the rough fourth inning for the Fish.
*Side note 1/2. Happy Birthday to Todd Hollandsworth (45) and to Don Mattingly (57). Whether you love his managing or not he is a legend and part of one of the best Simpson episodes ever (enjoy).
*Side note 2/2. In each of the Marlins last five games, one team has scored seven or more runs.
The Marlins look to split the series starting with a win tomorrow. Jose Urena will go up against Brent Suter. Game time is 7:10. Let’s go Fish!
Swordfish: Jhoulys Chacin (.257)
Flounder: Trevor Richards (-.212)
Play of the game: Back to back home runs Braun/Shaw.
Please leave any Itchy picks in the comments below (explainer).
|MIAMI MARLINS||MILWAUKEE BREWERS|
|Derek Dietrich - LF||Lorenzo Cain - CF|
|Miguel Rojas - SS||Christian Yelich - RF|
|Starlin Castro - 2B||Ryan Braun - LF|
|Justin Bour - 1B||Travis Shaw - 3B|
|J.T. Realmuto - C||Eric Thames - 1B|
|Brian Anderson - 3B||Jonathan Villar - 2B|
|Lewis Brinson - CF||Orlando Arcia - SS|
|J.B. Shuck - RF||Jett Bandy - C|
|Trevor Richards - RHP||Jhoulys Chacin - RHP|
The Marlins look to bounce back after taking a beating from “The Brew Crew.”
After a tough luck loss in his last start, Trevor Richards will face another hard hitting offense. On the offensive side of the ball Lewis Brinson will try to keep his bat hot. Brinson hit two home runs for the Fish yesterday leading to his first breakout game.
Jhoulys Chacin will be pitching for the Brewers tonight. Chacin has been mediocre this season. The Fish should try to jump on him early. They’ve been in high scoring games as of late, so look for a lot of action tonight.