The Marlins recorded their 22nd loss of the season last night to the Atlanta Braves. The Braves made the most of their on base opportunities, while the Fish did not. This game could of easily swung the other way for the Fish.
José Ureña: 6 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
Kevin Gausman: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
The big story coming into last nights game was Ureña and Ronald Acuña Jr's past issues. The thought was if the Braves were going to get payback for Ureña hitting Acuña last season they would do so in this game. Freddie Freeman started things off for Atlanta with a solo blast in the first inning. Ureña faced Acuña later that inning, and struck him out with a fantastic sinking pitch.
The second inning was when there would be some action for the Fish and Ureña. Martín Prado got the first hit for the Fish with a single up the middle of the field. Jorge Alfaro followed this up with a walk, and Jon Berti was hit by a pitch. Rosell Herrera with the bases loaded grounded out to second base, scoring Prado from third.
After giving up one run, Kevin Gausman figured this would be the perfect time to hit Ureña for payback. Luckily for Ureña he was able to shuffle out of the way of a fast ball coming towards his side. The Umpire quickly ejected Gausman and the Braves had to bring in a new pitcher. The Braves argued that Gausman should not have been ejected because there were no warnings given out to either team before the start of the game. It was supposed to be a clean slate, but the umpire was having none of it.
Touki Toussaint was called in to cover a few innings. He started things off by throwing three straight balls to Ureña, loading the bases. Curtis Granderson came up next, ready to drive in all the runs. At least thats what his numbers with the bases loaded would have you believe. Sadly, Granderson struck out on a slow curve to end the inning. This would not be the only time Granderson would have the bases loaded and do nothing.
Toussaint held the Fish in check for the most part. He only gave up one run in his four innings of work. The Fish failed to do anything when they had runners in scoring position. The Braves lineup, especially Freeman and Josh Donaldson punished the Marlins pitchers. Alfaro was the only Fish to have a more than one hit. Tayron Guerrero gave up two hits, while only collecting two outs.
The Fish were outplayed in last nights game. Ureña was not hit physically, but the Braves did it with their bats. The Marlins continue to look for answers in their hitting department. Trevor Richards will take on Mike Soroka at 6:10 p.m.
Marlins vs Braves box score (MLB.com)
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