Errors, offensive woes costly in Miami Marlins’ loss to Padres
05/07/2013 12:01 AM
07/31/2014 5:15 PM
A little more than 24 hours after pounding Roy Halladay and scoring a season-high 14 runs in a win over the Phillies, the Marlins got back to being, well, themselves again.
The worst-scoring team in the majors and the most error-prone team in the game produced five hits and two errors -- including one that is sure to end up on this week's blooper reels -- in a 5-0 loss to the Padres, a game played in front of 14,596 fans at Petco Park Monday night.
Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner, who came in with a 6-12 record and a 4.28 ERA as a relief pitcher for most of the first four seasons of his career, tossed a career-high 7 1/3 innings and got out of what little trouble the Marlins (10-23) gave him to pick up the win.
The Marlins, shut out for the fifth time this season and the first time since April 10th, finished 0-for-6 at the plate with runners in scoring position including leaving the bases loaded in the third.
"We weren't crisp -- that's probably the best way to put it," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said after his team came in having won two in a row in Philadelphia. "I was actually excited. I thought we would come out, get a run and make it a game and tie it up [after the first inning]. But we weren't able to make contact.
"That really should have been a 2-2 game even after we gave them the first run. We just can't seem to [hit] with guys in scoring position. [Starter] Wade [LeBlanc] was up in the zone, left quite a few pitches out over the plate. We just didn't play well. It wasn't a good show."
LeBlanc, starting against his former team for the first time since being traded for catcher John Baker in Nov. 2011, took the loss for the Marlins. He lasted just five innings and gave up four hits, three earned runs and three walks to extend his personal losing streak to eight games.
LeBlanc, who hasn't won since last Aug. 22, didn't get much in the way of help from his teammates.
Catcher Rob Brantly, who grew up about 40 minutes north of San Diego and had family and friends in attendance, made a play to forget in the first inning when he let what looked like a routine pop out off the bat of Carlos Quentin become much more difficult than it needed to be.
Instead of falling in his glove for the third and final out of the frame, the ball landed safely just to he left of Brantly as he lunged to catch it. Everth Cabrera came racing around to score easily from second to make it 1-0.
"I don't know if once it got up towards the top if the wind was kind of blowing a little bit. I don't know if it took back more than he thought," LeBlanc said. "But that's a tough play for a catcher coming out in front of home plate."
An inning later, Padres rookie second baseman Jedd Gyorko crushed a 1-0 pitch from LeBlanc 413-feet and over the center field wall to make it 2-0.
The Padres then tacked on two more runs in the fourth on two-out RBI singles to right by Chris Denorfia and Cabrera.
Marlins rookie Marcell Ozuna, who finished 0-for-4 and had his six-game hitting streak snapped, showed off his arm strength on both hits with strong throws to the plate. But both tosses were just a tad late.
"Not a whole lot to take away from it," said LeBlanc, who fell to 0-5 with a 6.11 ERA on the season. "I'm 0-5. I'm not really giving this team a chance to win. It just seems like this season has been a real grind so far. It's starting to get frustrating."
What is really frustrating Redmond is the errors. With two more mishaps on Monday the Marlins moved past the Washington Nationals for the most errors in baseball with 27.
Marlins players and coaches have worn black t-shirts since the start of spring training with the word “Defense” in front of it. So far, though, the team has done about as good a job on that side of the ball as they have at the plate.
"I'm not happy about it," Redmond said. "We talked all spring about how it would be one of our strengths -- our defense. We're giving the other team way too many extra opportunities. You can't do that and win ballgames. Even when we had a couple plays we probably should have made that didn't go for errors we didn't make plays on them either. We'll improve. When we do that we'll start winning more ballgames."• After the game the Marlins announced they were placing second baseman Donovan Solano on the 15-day disabled list and selecting veteran infielder Nick Green, who cleared waivers after recently being designated for assignment.
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