Marlins starter Dan Straily came into Tuesday’s game having given up only one run over his last two starts. For the season his ERA stood at 3.12, but his FIP (fielding independent pitching) was 6.23, suggesting that Straily was quite lucky to have done as well as he has so far. Some of that luck finally caught up to him in a 9-5 loss that evened the series.
The Padres tallied three runs on singles in the first inning by Eric Hosmer and Raffy Lopez.
Miami would get a run back in the fourth when Justin Bour scored from third on a double play groundout for J.T. Riddle.
On an uneven night for Lewis Brinson defensively, he did lay out for a stellar diving catch in the bottom of the fifth.
In the top of the sixth, a leadoff single by Derek Dietrich was followed by a hard smash down the left field line by J.T. Realmuto. This would turn into the second triple of the year for the Miami catcher, and would pull the Fish to within one. Then, with two outs, a single by Brian Anderson and double by J.B. Shuck each plated runs to give the Marlins a 4-3 lead.
The lead was quite short-lived for Miami.
Dan Straily had been cruising since his troublesome first frame, but hung a 3-1 slider to .189 hitter Franmil Reyes. He made him pay by blasting a two-run homer to left-center. Reyes’ second homer in as many days would put the Padres up 5-4 and ended Straily’s night at 108 pitches.
On a positive note, Adam Conley seems to be fitting in quite well as a lefty out of the pen. He was consistently hitting 96 mph with his fastball while fanning three of the four batters he faced. Conley now has four relief appearances in 2018 after working out of the ‘pen only six total times in his previous major league seasons.
However, Tayron Guerrero gave up two hits and two walks while failing to record an out as the Padres were able to pad their lead in the bottom of the eighth and take a commanding 9-4 lead. Also in this frame, Lewis Brinson had his second error of the night when he straight up flubbed a a routine line drive hit just a few feet behind him. Even for a rookie, this was an embarrassing play and eliminated a lot of the good will garnered by his spectacular diving catch earlier in the game.
Not to be outdone, in the top of the ninth, Padres center fielder Alex Margot dove for a line drive in front of him, missed it, and watched as it rolled all the way to the center field fence as J.T. Riddle ran all the way around for an inside-the-park home run. That was Riddle’s first hit since being recalled from Triple-A
Sadly, that would be the last of the excitement for the evening, as the Padres would win, 9-5.
King Fish: For the Fish, I’d have to go with the reliable and clutch hitting of Brian Anderson. Two hits and an RBI.
Flounder: Tayron Guerrero does less with more once again.
Turning Point: The Reyes homer
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|MIAMI MARLINS||SAN DIEGO PADRES|
|Derek Dietrich - LF||Travis Jankowski - LF|
|J.T. Realmuto - C||Cory Spangenberg - 3B|
|Justin Bour - 1B||Eric Hosmer - 1B|
|Brian Anderson - 3B||Jose Pirela - 2B|
|JT Riddle - SS||Raffy Lopez - C|
|J.B. Shuck - RF||Franmil Reyes - RF|
|Lewis Brinson - CF||Freddy Galvis - SS|
|Yadiel Rivera - 2B||Manuel Margot - CF|
|Dan Straily - RHP||Tyson Ross - RHP|
The Fish look to take the second game of the four game set in San Diego against the Padres. Dan Straily has given up only one run in his last 13 innings. PETCO Park looks to be a good park for a fly ball pitcher like Straily, so hopefully this bodes well for the Marlins established starter.
He will face Tyson Ross, who has a 4-3 record with 3.13 ERA and 64 Ks over 60.1 innings. The underrated starter gets forgotten about pitching in San Diego, and he looks to be tough competition for the Fish tonight.
Who will be the biggest contributor in the Marlins lineup tonight?