Another game where the Marlins failed to put even one run on the scoreboard. Wednesday night at Marlins Park, they were shut out 1-0 by a combination of seven Rays pitchers, completing the sweep and dropping their overall mark to 10-31.
It seems as if the Marlins are allergic to scoring.
Any run support whatsoever would’ve been critical for José Ureña, who had another impressive outing. He went six innings of one-run ball, allowing six hits and one walk. In his last two starts, dating back to May 8 against the Chicago Cubs, Ureña has allowed two runs in 13 innings, improving to a respectable 4.44 ERA for the season.
The only run of the contest was produced in the top of the second. Recent Rays call-up Anthony Bemboom drilled an RBI double off Ureña.
It truly was a group effort for Tampa Bay in this one. Opener Ryne Stanek threw one scoreless inning, followed by Jalen Beeks for three more, then Adam Kolarek, Emilio Pagan, José Alvarado and Chaz Roe. Diego Castillo slammed the door shut.
The Miami bullpen was a bright spot. Nick Anderson, who has been a strikeout phenom all season long, added two more victims to his list. Anderson has nearly as many K’s (33) as Ureña (34) in the regular season despite pitching entirely in relief. Left-hander Adam Conley whiffed three in 1 2⁄3 perfect innings of work.
Unfortunately, the bats failed to execute in numerous situations. Jorge Alfaro emerged from his hitless streak, as did Garrett Cooper. Even so, the Marlins went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Moving forward, fatigue shouldn’t be an excuse. For the third time in the past week, the Fish are off this Thursday.
Miami will open a three-game weekend set at Marlins Park versus the New York Mets on Friday. Trevor Richards, at 0-5, is still searching for his first victory of the season. In his previous game pitched, Richards allowed four runs in five innings against a difficult Cubs lineup. The Marlins will see Jacob deGrom yet again. For a team that is desperately seeking runs and wins, the reigning NL Cy Young winner is the last pitcher they want to face in the batter’s box. As a matter of fact, deGrom’s recent outing came against the Marlins at Citi Field on May 11. deGrom picked up the victory, tossing seven innings of one-run baseball. First pitch is set for 7:10 ET.
FINAL-@WillManso said it best... "The Marlins are allergic to runs." Losing slump hits a touchdown and an extra point.— Brandon Liguori (@BrandonRLiguori) May 16, 2019
W: Jalen Beeks (3-0)
L: Jose Urena (1-6)
S: Diego Castillo (5)
Tampa Bay (26-15): 1 | 7 | 0
Miami (10-31): 0 | 7 | 0@fishstripes
Rays vs. Marlins box score (MLB.com)
Fish Picks answer key