In front of the last Marlins team to make the playoffs, the 2013 version of the Marlins showed how far away they truly are before making that step.
On the same day the organization honored the 2003 World Series team, fans were left with little to celebrate once the actual game started. The Indians shut down the Marlins’ offense and cruised to a 2-0 victory.
With the win, Cleveland took the series and for the second consecutive game, the life out of Miami’s bats. After a 10-0 blowout win Friday, the Marlins could muster only two runs for the rest of the weekend.
“[Nathan Eovaldi] did what we needed him to do. We just couldn’t get anything going offensively,” manager Mike Redmond said. “We had some opportunities in this homestand to win more games. We’ll just keep battling and go out there and continue to improve, that’s all we can do.”
Indians’ starter Scott Kazmir never looked dominant but still held the Marlins to only two hits over six innings while striking out seven. Miami got two hits off of Bryan Shaw in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t capitalize.
Giancarlo Stanton was one of four Marlins to strike out multiple times, and the team struck out 12 times altogether.
“It seems like he’s got hot but just hasn’t been able to sustain it,” Redmond said. “The times he’s gotten into some funks, they’ve been some sustained funks for more than three or four games. Obviously, we need him, when he hits, he changes our lineup.”
Stanton tried brushing off his struggles after the game.
“That’s how it’s been all year,” Stanton said. “You have your ups and downs. You just got to overcome somehow, eventually.”
The poor offensive showing wasted another good outing from Eovaldi.
The Marlins have now failed to score with Eovaldi on the mound in his past four starts, a streak that reached 23 innings Sunday. The last time Miami scored with Eovaldi on the hill was before the All-Star break.
On Sunday, Eovaldi kept the team in the game with seven innings of solid work. He allowed seven hits but only one run.
The Indians scored in the second inning when catcher Yan Gomes beat out an infield hit, went to third on a double by Mark Reynolds and came home on Lonnie Chisenhall’s single to right.
The start gave Eovaldi a 1.42 ERA over his past three outings. Opponents are batting only .209 in those games.
“I was locating my fastball [Sunday],” Eovaldi said. “I felt a lot better with my location [Sunday] than I did my last game.
“I’m just trying to attack and just put up zeroes really. If we score runs that’s good, I just hope we win the game.”
The Indians added an insurance run in the eighth when Michael Brantley hit a two-out, RBI single off of Chad Qualls.
The Marlins pitching staff did maintain its streak of no home runs allowed, which reached 12 games, the second-longest such stretch since 1990. Two more games would tie the major-league record held by the 1998 Atlanta Braves.
On a positive note for the offense, rookie Christian Yelich and Logan Morrison extended their hitting streaks to five and four games, respectively.
The Marlins start a nine-game road trip Tuesday in Pittsburgh.