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The Marlins get rocked, 11-3

The Rockies set up a six-run fourth inning to put the Fish away.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Colorado Rockies Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Wei-Yin Chen: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Jon Gray: 7.0 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 12 K

The Marlins took on the Rockies in a battle of the expansion teams. The Marlins have had the better record overall but Wei-Yin Chen was on the mound, we all know how that goes. The Rockies had strong hitting and pitching last night, while the Fish did not.

Chen went only four innings, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits. From the start Chen looked hittable. The Rockies scored their first run in the second inning, with a single from Ian Desmond and a double by Tom Murphy.

Derek Dietrich helped the Fish get on the board with a solo shot in the next inning. The Marlins would not be able to get anything else going until the eighth inning. While the Marlins were able to rack up ten hits, the Rockies out scored them 11-3.

The fourth inning was when it all came crashing down for the Fish. The Rockies were aggressive on the base path and the Marlins were not ready for this. Chen gave up five hits, a sacrifice fly, a sacrifice bunt, and a two-run home run to Nolan Arenado. This was Arenado’s fourth home run in four games.

There was a catching error by Starlin Castro that allowed a run to score. Chen also threw a wild pitch to allow the runners to advance. This inning was truly hard to watch. Throughout it all Chen stayed in to finish the inning...for some reason. The Marlins were pretty much dead in the water after this inning, but for good measure the Rockies would score four more runs before the game ended.

On the offensive side of the ball J.T. Realmuto swung the bat well. He went three for five with two doubles and a run. Dietrich also had three hits on the night, with an RBI and a run scored.

The Marlins will look to turn things around later today. Trevor Richards will look to get on the right track as he faces Tyler Anderson at 3:10 pm.

Courtesy of Fangraphs

Kingfish: Jon Gray (.213 WPA).

Flounder: Wei-Yin Chen (-.291).

Play of the game: Nolan Arenado two-run home run.

Attendance: 35,468

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Pitching Matchup

Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Wei-Yin Chen Marlins 45.2 5.91 5.78 6.5 -0.3
Jon Gray Rockies 81 5.89 3.14 11.11 2.1
Courtesy of Fangrpahs

Today's Lineups

Derek Dietrich - LF DJ LeMahieu - 2B
Brian Anderson - RF Charlie Blackmon - CF
J.T. Realmuto - C Nolan Arenado - 3B
Justin Bour - 1B Trevor Story - SS
Starlin Castro - 2B Ian Desmond - 1B
JT Riddle - SS Tom Murphy - C
Miguel Rojas - 3B Carlos Gonzalez - RF
Lewis Brinson - CF Noel Cuevas - LF
Wei-Yin Chen - LHP Jon Gray - RHP

Matchup Summary:

The Marlins are set to face the Colorado Rockies in a three game series starting tonight. The Fish are coming off a competitive but losing series against the Giants. The Rockies on the other hand are coming off a 3-1 series win against the Mets.

The Marlins offense is no longer being carried by just Brian Anderson and J.T. Realmuto. The Fish have been putting up runs, but the pitching as not been as good. Playing in Colorado will only boost these efforts, but may also hurt the pitching further.

The Rockies have had the same issues, their pitching has been awful all season. The Rockies smashed the ball in their last series against the Mets. Nolan Arenado in particular really owned them the whole series. Do the Marlins have better pitching than the Mets or will there be plenty of fireworks tonight in Colorado?

Game Thread Question: If José Ureña is out for the long-term, who would you want to see called up to bolster the pitching roster?