PHILADELPHIA -- The pitching hasn’t been great. The fielding has been sloppy. But in the process of sliding from 5-2 to 5-6, it was the Marlins’ failure to hit with runners in scoring position that has proved most costly.
During the seven-game homestand, the Marlins hit .337 with runners in scoring position. That contrasts with the team’s .129 average through the first four games of the road trip.
“I think the first week of the season we got a lot of big hits, two-out hits,” manager Mike Redmond said. “But we got pitched tough a couple of nights there in Washington. And we had some opportunities [Friday].”
The Marlins went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position in Friday’s 6-3 loss to the Phillies.
“We still have some young guys in the lineup, and that’s still a part of the process,” Redmond said. “These guys are still learning how to hit at the big-league level.”
always next time
Redmond is dreading the next few days.
The reason: He fears Jose Fernandez will be climbing the walls, anxious to make his next start following Friday’s disaster.
“These next four days are going to be torture for us,” Redmond said. “You know he can’t wait to get back out on the mound, so he’s going to be chomping at the bit.”
Fernandez gave up a career-high six runs in the loss to the Phillies and equaled career highs in hits allowed (eight) and walks (four).
• Reed Johnson was hit by a pitch on Friday night, giving him 126 plunkings for his career.
Only four other active players have been hit by pitches more than Johnson: Jason Giambi (179), Alex Rodriguez (169), Derek Jeter (165) and Chase Utley (157).
• Second baseman Derek Dietrich was a late scratch from Saturday’s lineup because of lower back stiffness.
Dietrich hit a two-run homer, his second of the season, in Friday’s game.
• Rafael Furcal (hamstring) will begin playing rehab games Monday for Single A Jupiter.
• Marcell Ozuna on Friday became the first Marlins player to ground into a double play. The Marlins were the last team in the majors that had not grounded into a double play this season.
• Sunday: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (0-2, 4.15 ERA) at Philadelphia Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 3.75), 1:35 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.
• Monday: Marlins LHP Brad Hand (0-0, 3.24) vs. Washington Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann (0-0, 8.10), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.