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Padres 3, Marlins 2: Ziegler gives up walkoff loss

Ureña still searching for his first win

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Ureña was able to keep the Padres bats silent through six innings and it honestly seemed like he might be able to log his first win of the season. Despite giving up a home run to Franmil Reyes in the 4th inning, Ureña never really seemed to struggle. He was able to effectively work through the Padres order and dealt well along the edges of the zone. In line to record the win, Ureña held the Friars to three hits, one earned run, two walks, and managed to strikeout six. With Starlin Castro driving in himself and JT Realmuto on a home run in the 4th, it seemed like the Marlins had called check on the Padres. He would leave the game in the trusty hands of Drew Steckenrider, Kyle Barraclough, and... Brad Ziegler. We’ll come back to Ole Z in a moment.

Both Steckenrider and Barraclough continued to look strong against opposing batters. Stecky would record two strikeouts in the 7th and Bear Claw got one K in the 8th. Just another day delivering, folks. This game was about wrapped up, right?

WRONG. In one of the more recently frustrating ends to a recent Marlins game, Brad Ziegler would load the bases. With Manuel Margot, Franmil Reyes, and Matt Szczur on base, Hunter Renfroe would single to third. This allowed Szczur and Freddy Galvis to score after an error by Miguel Rojas.

Swordfish: Ureña (0.25 WPA)

Flounder: Ziegler (-0.81)

Moment of the Game: Ziegler loading the bases. Many would say Rojas’ error, but the Ole Z setup made it all possible.

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Starting Pitchers

Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Clayton Richards Padres 67.0 4.97 4.11 7.52 0.6
Jose Urena Marlins 63.1 4.69 3.95 7.39 0.7

Today's Lineups

Miguel Rojas - 3B Travis Jankowski - LF
J.T. Realmuto - C Cory Spangenberg - 2B
Starlin Castro - 2B Eric Hosmer - 1B
Brian Anderson - RF Christian Villanueva - 3B
Justin Bour - 1B Franmil Reyes - RF
Cameron Maybin - LF Raffy Lopez - C
Lewis Brinson - CF Freddy Galvis - SS
JT Riddle - SS Manuel Margot - CF
Jose Urena - RHP Clayton Richard - LHP

Matchup Summary

Clayton Richard will get the start tonight for the Padres. He’s coming off a six-inning, four strikeout performance in his last outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers. While taking the loss, he gave up four earned runs on four hits and three walks. Richard has done well against teams from outside his division. He’s thrown a 2.68 ERA in five quality starts versus a dismal 7.80 average against the NL West.

Ureña is still looking for that first W of the season in his 12th outing despite being the Opening Day “ace” of the staff. He’s gone at least six innings in five out of his last six starts. I think Ureña has a good chance at the win tonight with 53% ground ball rate against the ant-launch angle hitting Friars. Additionally, he has racked up some strikeouts recently as he’s averaging almost eight strikeouts per nine innings. The Padres have one of the highest team strikeout rates in MLB.

Fingers crossed, ladies and gentlemen!

Thread Discussion:

How many wins will Ureña have by the end of the season?