By retiring 24 consecutive batters in Monday’s 14-inning loss to the Braves, a cast of five Marlins relievers equaled the major-league record for most consecutive batters retired by a bullpen over the past 40 seasons.
The Oakland A’s bullpen also retired 24 in a row in a 2011 game, according to Stats Pass.
No bullpen since 1974 (which is as far back as the Stats Pass records go) has pitched the equivalent of a perfect game (27 consecutive retired). The previous record by a Marlins bullpen for consecutive batters retired was 18, set in 2005.
After the Braves’ Jason Heyward tripled to lead off the sixth inning Monday, the bullpen conglomerate of Dan Jennings, Ryan Webb, Chad Qualls, Mike Dunn and Steve Cishek retired 24 in a row. It wasn’t until Chris Hatcher walked Reed Johnson to lead off the 14th that the streak was broken. Johnson ended up scoring what proved to be the deciding run in Atlanta’s 7-1 win.
Dunn and a few of his teammates downplayed the feat, saying they felt it was much more difficult for a starter to pitch a perfect game, even though there have been 21 of them since 1900, including three last season alone.
Dunn said the rare feat is more difficult for a “starter because there’s a fatigue factor, and batters see the starters more than once. All it takes is one hitter on his third time [facing the same pitcher] to see how fast his fastball is, to time it up.”
Stanton misses out
Giancarlo Stanton would have loved participating in the Home Run Derby. But Stanton wasn’t surprised he wasn’t chosen, given his modest total of only eight home runs — the same number as rookie teammate Derek Dietrich — or the fact he wasn’t even chosen to the All-Star team.
“On to the next one,” Stanton said.
Stanton’s home run total is down from last season, in part because of the month he spent on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.
Stanton was chosen to both the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby last year but was forced to miss the two events when he underwent surgery during the break to remove bone chips from one knee.
“I told myself that I had to earn the All-Star Game to be in the Derby, which I did last year,” Stanton said. “It was more [frustrating] last year when everything was set up to be there and I couldn’t go.”
The three players David Wright picked to join him on the National League Home Run Derby team: Carlos Gonzalez, Bryce Harper and Michael Cuddyer.
• Hatcher’s stay with the Marlins lasted exactly one game. Hatcher, who was called up from Triple A to replace traded pitcher Ricky Nolasco on the roster, was optioned back to New Orleans after allowing six runs in the 14th inning of Monday’s 7-1 loss to the Braves. The Marlins called up lefty reliever Duane Below to take Hatcher’s roster spot.
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (2-1, 2.30 ERA) vs. Atlanta Braves LHP Paul Maholm (9-7, 3.81), 12:40 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Thursday: No game.
• Scouting report: Over his past five outings at Marlins Park, Turner has gone 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA with a .172 opponents’ batting average. Maholm held the Marlins to a run on only one hit over seven innings when he faced the Marlins on April 8 at Marlins Park.