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Braves offense awakens in Marlins 8-1 loss

Ureña ties an unfortunate franchise record as Atlanta’s bats rebound to even the series.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

This defensive mishap in the fifth inning just about sums it up: things always seem to go awry when José Ureña starts for the Marlins. The Braves took the lead with a four-run, small-ball rally before pulling away late against Jarlin García in the 8-1 victory on Saturday night.

Fish Stripes original GIF

Despite allowing nothing but singles, Ureña finished with a mediocre final line (6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K), and the grounder bungled by Justin Bour and Starlin Castro is largely to blame.

For the 12th straight time, the Fish lost a game started by the hard-throwing right-hander. Brian Moehler is the only other pitcher in franchise history with a comparable streak of misfortune.

Celebrating his 25th birthday, right fielder Brian Anderson was the only player in Miami’s lineup with multiple hits (2-for-4). Bour also contributed offensively, reaching base three times and crossing home plate as the lone run against Sean Newcomb in the second inning. Newcomb hadn’t allowed his opponents to score in the month of May prior to that.

Sunday’s series finale features veterans Wei-Yin Chen and Julio Teheran. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35pm ET.

Win Probability chart courtesy of FanGraphs

Kingfish: Newcomb (.193 WPA)

Flounder: Ureña (.200)

Play of the game: Ozzie Albies singles in two insurance runs (.147)

Attendance: 37,715

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Today's Lineups

Martin Prado - 3B Ozzie Albies - 2B
Miguel Rojas - SS Ronald Acuna - LF
Starlin Castro - 2B Freddie Freeman - 1B
Brian Anderson - RF Nick Markakis - RF
Justin Bour - 1B Kurt Suzuki - C
Cameron Maybin - LF Ender Inciarte - CF
Lewis Brinson - CF Johan Camargo - 3B
Bryan Holaday - C Dansby Swanson - SS
Jose Urena - RHP Sean Newcomb - LHP

5/19/18 Probable Starters

Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
José Ureña Marlins 51.1 4.38 3.85 7.54 0.7
Sean Newcomb Braves 46.2 2.51 3.08 10.41 1.0

Matchup Summary

A strong start to the post-Junichi Tazawa era, as the Marlins got seven quality innings from Dan Straily to beat the Braves in the series opener. They are now 4-3 on Friday games this season...and 13-24 on all other days combined.

They’re looking to snap one of the ugliest streaks in MLB: 11 straight losses with José Ureña on the mound. Brian Moehler (12 straight from 2005-2006) owns the longest such streak in franchise history. Due to the funky schedule, Ureña has only pitched two other times on the road so far this season.

Atlanta’s Sean Newcomb dominated the Marlins when they previously met last weekend. He hasn’t allowed a run all month (19.0 IP, 5 H, 20 K in 3 GS)!

First pitch coming at approximately 7:10pm ET.

Thread Question: Michael already touched on this for Friday’s FanPost prompt, but it’s a fun one: Who are your most hated players in Marlins history? Guys you never trusted in a big spot, etc.