Miami Marlins waste their chances
The punchless Marlins continued to squander opportunities, going 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position in a loss to the Mets.
09/16/2013 12:01 AM
07/31/2014 5:15 PM
The Marlins lost 1-0 in 12 innings on Sunday.
They will tell you it shouldn’t have made it that far, that they should have scored earlier when they had their chances. They had plenty but, this being the Marlins, they didn’t cash in and the result was another loss to an anemic New York Mets team that hasn’t given them much resistance for most of the season.
The equally punchless Marlins went 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position Sunday, and it came back to cost them late when rookie Travis d’Arnaud grounded a single up the middle to drive in the run of the game.
“We had a lots of opportunities again,’’ manager Mike Redmond said. “They gave us a couple of opportunities in the ninth with two errors, and we weren’t able to capitalize.’’
Redmond was referring to a frustrating ninth for the Marlins when Logan Morrison not only beat out an infield hit, but went to second on a throwing error by second baseman Daniel Murphy.
After failing in two attempts to drop down a bunt, Lucas grounded a ball to the right side of the infield that should have advanced Adeiny Hechavarria, who had been sent in to pinch-run for Morrison. But Murphy fielded the ball and whipped it to third in time to retire Hechavarria, who appeared to get a late start from second on the ground ball.
“I was really watching first base and I didn’t even think that there’d even be a play at third,’’ Redmond said.
“Then I looked up and it’s bang-bang at third and he’s out.’’
The Mets never mounted much of a serious threat until the 12th when they loaded the bases off Zach Phillips. Redmond brought in Ryan Webb, who nearly pulled off a Houdini act to get out of it. Webb induced ground balls from the first two batters he faced that resulted in force plays for outs at the plate. Webb also got the ground ball he was looking for from d’Arnaud, except the ball found a hole.
“I got a ground ball and it found a hole that time,’’ Webb said.
The outcome overshadowed a strong performance by Marlins starter Tom Koehler, who was born in the Bronx and held the Mets to only three hits through eight innings.
Koehler called it his best outing as a major-leaguer.
But it didn’t add up to a win for the Marlins, whose 94 losses are one more than they totaled all last season.
Steve Cishek is within two saves of tying Todd Jones’ 2005 club mark of converting 27 consecutive saves.
Cishek recorded his 25th consecutive save — and 30th overall this season — in Saturday’s 3-0 win over the Mets in the first game of a doubleheader.
“It was a good feeling [Saturday], it was pretty cool,” Cishek said.
After a bumpy first two months of the season in which he started out 1-4 with a pair of blown saves, Cishek, in his first full season as the Marlins’ closer, turned it on in early June.
“The start was a little tough,” Cishek said. “Just taking pressure of myself was a huge key. It was my first time going into the season [as a closer], and I put too much pressure on myself to perform instead of just going out there and having fun like I did in the past.”
Kotsay to retire
San Diego Padres outfielder Mark Kotsay, a former first-round draft pick and player for the Marlins, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he is retiring after the season. Kotsay was the Marlins’ first-round pick in 1996 and played for them from 1997 to 2000 before being traded to San Diego for Matt Clement and Eric Owens.
Coming up• Monday : Marlins RHP Sam Dyson (0-0, 4.50 ERA) at Philadelphia Phillies LHP Cliff Lee (13-6, 2.97 ERA), 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.
• Tuesday : Marlins LHP Brian Flynn (0-1, 10.13) at Phillies RHP Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.28), 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.
• Scouting report : Dyson will make his first major-league start when the Marlins open a three-game series in Philadelphia. Dyson went 4-11 with a 2.67 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) this season in the Marlins’ minor-league system.
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