An estimated 174 dogs—and 15,238 paying humans—were treated to one of the best starts of José Ureña’s career on Sunday. He wouldn’t factor into the decision, though. Jean Segura’s 14th-inning home run (his first in a Phillies uniform) off of struggling veteran Wei-Yin Chen put the Marlins behind for good in the 3-1 loss.
- Vince Velasquez: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (81 pitches)
- José Ureña: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K (102 pitches)
The most experienced but worst-performing Marlins starting pitcher entering the afternoon (9.22 ERA, 2.12 WHIP, 14.3 K% in 13.2 IP), Ureña needed a quality start badly to quiet the critics. “Quality” would be an understatement—leaning on a filthy two-seam fastball that had sharp lateral movement and topped out at 98 miles per hour, the right-hander shut down a dangerous Phillies lineup.
Meanwhile, Chad Wallach continues to demonstrate why he is deserving of the Marlins backup catcher’s job.
Wallach also reached base three times, boosting him to a .844 OPS.
Fresh off Saturday’s scoring splurge, the Fish offense reverted back into awfulness. Vince Velasquez carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the sixth.
Both bullpens traded zeroes from there. Sergio Romo escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth by getting old friend J.T. Realmuto to ground out. Tayron Guerrero handled the 10th, extending his scoreless streak to 7 2⁄3 innings (though he has issued walks in five straight appearances, too).
Finally, Don Mattingly ran out of alternatives: he had to go to Chen. Andrew McCutchen hit a long fly ball that barely hooked foul; Jean Segura kept his in play:
The performance actually lowered Chen’s earned run average to 23.40. Even so, Mattingly will have to face more tough questions about what—aside from an $80 contract—justifies keeping the left-hander on this team.
As I alluded to at the top of the article, this was the first of four Bark at the Park games for the Fish this season. Enjoy...
Fredi and Nero González have the time of their lives at Nero’s F I R S T baseball game. HAPPY PUPS AT THE PARK DAY! pic.twitter.com/cN0z11sua4— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) April 14, 2019
The homestand continues with a three-game set against the talented yet underachieving Cubs. Yu Darvish and Trevor Richards are Monday’s probable starters. First pitch at 7:10 p.m.
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