Adam Conley could do no wrong the last time he faced the Milwaukee Brewers. He didn’t give up a run. He didn’t allow a hit. He was the new young gun of the Marlins.
On Tuesday, though, he fired a blank.
The Brewers lit into Conley in an 10-2 drubbing at Marlins Park. They not only stung him with seven hits to go with a pair of walks, a far cry from their April 29 encounter in Milwaukee.
They also stole four bases in his four innings.
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“They had a lot better results,” Conley said. “Controlling the running game wasn’t any good.”
It was as if, in the 12 days since Conley last faced them, the Brewers found and exposed all his flaws and weaknesses.
The shaky performance served as a reality check for the 25-year-old left-hander, who had pitched magnificently of late. He followed his gem in Milwaukee with another dazzling start on Thursday when he only gave up two hits in 5 1/3 scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks.
But the magic carpet ride came to a halt for Conley from the outset on Tuesday when the Brewers nicked him for a run in the first before sending him to the showers with three runs in the fourth.
“He wasn’t able to get the outs and keep guys off base,” said manager Don Mattingly. “Obviously, they were better with him today than they were in Milwaukee. We march on.”
It was a messy night all around for the Marlins, who had won 12 of their previous 15 games but looked nothing like that same team. There were errors and bad throws to go with Conley’s pitching issues, and the problems didn’t end there.
After Jose Urena took over, it continued to get worse for the Marlins.
Urena gave up a run in the fifth before his three walks in the sixth all led to three more runs.
The Marlins didn’t do much at the plate, either.
After tying it in the second on J.T. Realmuto’s RBI single, they took the lead in the second on a Marcell Ozuna single. Ozuna had three hits, and has at least two hits in six of his past seven games.
But that was the extent of the offense.
Conley is still unpolished. He was making only his 18th career start on Tuesday, and the Brewers proved there are areas that still need work. Being able to hold base runners is one of them.
After Jonathan Villar any ideas of Conley’s no-hit mastery over them to rest with a leadoff single in the first, he stole second and then scored on Ryan Braun’s one-out single.
Hernan Perez stole second in the third following a leadoff walk.
In the fourth, when the wheels came completely off, Conley hit a batter, uncorked a wild pitch, walked one, gave up three more hits, and allowed two more runners to take off on him for steals.
“We’ll look at that,” Mattingly said of the stolen bases. “They’ve picked up something. It’s something we’ll look at.”
Said Conley: “I probably wasn’t as fast to the plate as I should have been. I should have been slide-stepping more. There’s some stuff we can work on.”
Conley didn’t return for the fifth and spent the rest of the game watching video of his night to see what went wrong.