For the 44th time this season the Marlins failed to score more than one run. And for the 100th time this season they lost.
Playing in front of an announced crowd of 19,375 at Marlins Park Tuesday night — far fewer were actually in attendance — the Phillies sent the Marlins to their second triple-digit loss-season in franchise history, beating them 2-1 behind the arms of five different pitchers.
The worst offensive team in baseball, the Marlins (58-100) fell to 2-42 when they score a run or less. They have been held to one-run or shut out 120 times over the last three seasons combined.
“I was thinking of something clever to say when you lose your 100th game of the season, and all I could come up with was, ‘At least it was by one run,’ ’’ manager Mike Redmond said.
“I guess that shows we’re in the games, and that’s maybe a moral victory for us. But at the end of the day, it’s still a loss.”
It was a tale of one rough inning for Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez. After giving up a one-out double to Jimmy Rollins in the first, Alvarez (4-6) walked Chase Utley, Domonic Brown and Darin Ruf on three consecutive free passes to force in the first run. A Kevin Frandsen weak grounder to short produced the second run.
That was all the Phillies (71-85) needed. Starter Zach Miner (four innings), Michael Stutes (fifth inning), J.C. Ramirez (sixth and seventh), Jake Diekman (eighth) and Jonathan Papelbon (ninth) combined to hold the Marlins (58-100) to six hits and, more important, hitless with runners in scoring position in seven at-bats.
“Over his last couple of starts he’s kind of had that pattern of having one big inning that he gives up a few runs and then he’s lights out,” Redmond said. “I’m not sure the explanation. I don’t have one for it.”
Miami scored its only run in the second when Justin Ruggiano doubled home Giancarlo Stanton with nobody out.
Ruggiano, however, took himself out of scoring position when he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.
“You just got to understand how many outs there are when you’re running the bases and in scoring position,” Redmond said. “Can’t fault him trying to get to third, but the play is in front of him.”
Outside of the first inning, Alvarez (4-6) was in control, scattering five hits and striking out five over seven innings. He’ll make his final start of the season in Sunday’s season finale against the visiting Tigers.
Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, who could be on his way out along with team president David Samson at season’s end, told TheTicketMiami on Tuesday morning the rumors about losing his job are getting to him.
“I think when you sign up for the job and your team doesn’t play well, you’re open to scrutiny and your job status is in jeopardy,” Beinfest said during his weekly appearance on the Hochman and Zaslow Show. “I think the tumultuous part and unsettling part is reading about it and living it everyday. You know I’m a person just like anybody else. I have a wife and kids. ... It can definitely grate on you.
“But you have to try to take a step back and go with the old, ‘Worry about things you can control.’ Do the best job you possibly can and continue to do so until the card reader doesn’t let you in the building anymore.’’
Beinfest, who has served under owner Jeffrey Loria for 13 years dating to their days with the Montreal Expos, is under contract through the 2015 season. He was rumored to be on the hot seat last season, too, but ended up keeping his job. It was reported Beinfest went to Loria weeks ago to discuss his future with the team but was given no guarantees.
“Boy, if I listen to everybody and read the papers, it sounds like I’m a goner,’’ Beinfest said. “But that’s what it sounded like a year ago. Again, it would be unfair for me to say I haven’t given it a thought. But my expectation is that I’ve done a good job, there’s a bright future here and that I’m going to be a part of it. If that’s not the case, then that’s out of my hands.’’
Asked if he had gone to Loria for an assurance about his future, Beinfest responded: “I’d like to keep everything internal. That’s probably the most professional thing given the number of things that are out there externally.’’
Slowey, who turns 30 next May, is arbitration eligible this offseason. He went 3-6 with a 4.11 ERA and could be a solid option at long reliever. Ozuna, who turns 23 in November, will likely end up competing with Jake Marisnick to be Miami’s third outfielder alongside Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton.
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