A day after smashing six homers and totaling 27 hits in a doubleheader, the Marlins managed only two hits and four total base runners in an ugly 8-0 loss Wednesday night.
Not even slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who leads the league with 46 home runs, could get the team on board, going 0 for 4.
Through the first five innings, the Marlins managed only one base runner when Marcell Ozuna walked in the second inning. Shortstop Miguel Rojas eventually broke up Mark Leiter Jr.’s no-hit bid in the sixth with a double down the left-field line but could not be brought home.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly pointed out afterward that Leiter “kept us off balance and we couldn’t get anything going.”
Despite reaching .500 for the first time since April after Tuesday, the team knew heading into Wednesday they still had their work cut out for them in the final two months.
“.500 doesn’t really get you anything.” center fielder Christian Yelich, who went 0-3, said Tuesday night. “We’ve got a few weeks left to go and hopefully finish this thing out strong.”
The starting pitching offered no solace for the offense’s struggles as starter Justin Nicolino was chased in the third inning of the game. He failed to put batters away, giving up six earned runs, including a three-run homer to Philllies’ Rhys Hoskins who smacked a shot to left field on a full count after a long at-bat.
Ordrisamer Despaigne stopped the bleeding for a few innings in relief, and Mattingly noted he could start one of the first two games that the Marlins play this weekend. The Phillies later added to their lead with two runs off Brian Ellington.
Although the win didn’t come on Wednesday, the team’s “one game at a time” mentality indicates they are ready to move on to Thursday’s game.
Mattingly noted, “we don’t want to give any games up but we’ve been in this situation a few different times over the last few series. Our guys bounce back.”
He said that as recently as the series against the New York Mets is an example of the team rebounding after a tough loss.
▪ Jarlin García made his first appearance since being recalled from a rehab assignment. He finished with 1 IP 1 BB 2K