The Marlins got shut out in game one against the Royals Friday night. The Fish had seven hits in the game spread across seven different players. No one had a multi-hit game and the Marlins struggled to take advantage of their limited opportunities.
Pablo López: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Jorge López: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Pablo López pitched well enough, he only gave up two runs over six and a third innings of work.
The Royals got their first run in the third inning. A single by Meibrys Viloria, followed by a sac-bunt from the pitcher and a single by Whit Merrifield got the first run across the plate.
The closest thing the Fish got to a run across the plate came in the fifth inning. Holaday with two outs singled to left field. Pablo López then doubled and Holaday tried to reach home from first. A strong relay throw from the outfield helped catch Holaday as he arrived at home plate, stopping any run from scoring.
The Royals would score two more times before the Fish would have another runner in scoring position. The two runs were scored in the seventh and eighth innings. A single and a double off of López in the seventh would be the last we saw of him. Jeff Brigham gave up the run in the eighth, which was a solo shot from Hunter Dozier.
The bottom of the eighth was the last push for the Fish. Curtis Granderson pinch-hit for Brigham and scored himself a single. Jon Bertie followed this up with a double which got Granderson to third. That would be as far as he got since Isan Díaz flew out to end the inning.
The game was a lackluster display by the Fish. Their season continues to be one of the worst in the Majors and will most likely continue this way. Caleb Smith will be on the mound today to face off against Danny Duffy at 6:10 ET. Smith will look to right his own ship after a string of bad starts.
Marlins vs. Royals box score (MLB.com)
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