The pitching was bad. The hitting was equally so.
Other than Giancarlo Stanton’s extra-inning home run that delivered a victory on Thursday and an eighth-inning scoring burst on Sunday, the Marlins didn’t do much of anything right during a series with the Padres that went poorly and ended with a 5-4 loss.
The Marlins lost three of four.
While the Marlins have been out of this world in their home park, the sobering reality is that they’re not very good anywhere else. And if the series with the Padres is any indication, the remainder of the trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco won’t be any pleasure cruise.
In stark contrast to their remarkable home record, the Marlins are now 3-12 on the road, the worst road mark in the majors.
“We need to start wearing our white pants,” Giancarlo Stanton of the team’s standard home uniform pants.
On Sunday, Henderson Alvarez was ineffective, just as Nathan Eovaldi was one day earlier, and Jose Fernandez was one day before that. Alvarez was finished after four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks.
“He didn’t have a feel for the sinker today,” catcher Jeff Mathis said of Alvarez, who had thrown shutouts in two of his previous four starts. “We were trying to do what we could just to throw the ball over the plate.”
Said manager Mike Redmond: “We’ve had three shaky starts. I don’t think any of us expected that, especially at this ballpark.”
Petco Park is one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in the majors.
But it wasn’t kind to the Marlins’ pitchers, who were knocked silly by a Padres lineup that came into the series with the worst team batting average in the majors.
Jacob Turner gave the Marlins a decent start in the series opener. But after that, the top of the rotation for the Marlins was the pits.
“We’re coming off a monster (8-1 record) homestand in which everybody pitched well and everything was going great, and we’re being tested on the road,” Redmond said. “We’ve got to find a way to win on the road.”
The Marlins were outscored 25-11 in the four games.
On Sunday, they were dormant until the eighth when Christian Yelich led off the inning with a home run, Jeff Baker drove in a couple with a triple, and Adeiny Hechavarria’s ground ball out scored another to make it 5-4.
The Marlins loaded the bases in the ninth. But, with two outs, Padres closer Houston Street got Baker to hit a routine grounder to end the game.
“I’m glad we showed some life at the end of that game,” Redmond said.
The Marlins sure didn’t show much of it the rest of the series. They struck out 48 times, which tied the franchise record — done twice previously — for most whiffs in a four-game series.
While the Marlins are hitting .296 at home, the second-best average in the majors, their .207 road average ranks 29th of 30 teams. They hit .206 during the Padres series.
“We shouldn’t be playing with any pressure,” Redmond said of the Marlins’ road woes. “Nobody should feel like they’ve got the weight of the world on their shoulders.”