The goose eggs are piling up to staggering heights for the punchless Marlins.
With a 1-0 loss in 13 innings on Sunday to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Marlins extended their streak of consecutive innings without scoring a run to 37 — the longest drought in the majors since 1985.
“Well, I’m glad I can be a part of that,” first baseman Logan Morrison said, his voice dripping with sarcasm, after the Marlins were blanked by the Brewers a third consecutive day at Miller Park.
Said rookie third baseman Ed Lucas, pretty much summing up the situation for everyone: “It’s pretty embarrassing to have a three-game series like that where you don’t get a run.”
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The Marlins have not scored since the third inning on July 14 in their final game before the All-Star break. Since then, it has been nothing but zeroes.
They totaled only 15 hits the entire weekend series, which covered 31 fruitless innings. Six of those hits belonged to one player, Adeiny Hechavarria. On Sunday, the Marlins managed only four hits — two by Hechavarria and another by pitcher Henderson Alvarez.
The Marlins didn’t even manage to get a runner to third on Sunday.
“Hechy’s swinging the bat,” Redmond said. “But, to see every single guy in the lineup struggle, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that before. Ever.
“To get completely shut down in the best hitter’s ballpark in all of baseball is unbelievable. I can’t believe it.”
The previous longest drought by a Marlins team was 30 consecutive scoreless innings in August of last season. That was also the only other time they were shut out in three games in a row. The major-league record for consecutive shutout losses is four. Coors Field is a hitter’s park. But so is Miller Park.
“We go to Colorado,” Morrision said. “There’s a lot of grass there. So, hopefully, we’ll find some — in the outfield.”
The 37-inning drought is the longest in the majors since the Houston Astros went 42 consecutive scoreless innings in 1985.
Other than Hechavarria, pretty much every member of the Marlins lineup is slumping. Justin Ruggiano has gone hitless in his past 27 at-bats. Marcell Ozuna is 3 for his last 38. Giancarlo Stanton is hitting .175 in July.
“Right now, it’s a little tough to watch,” Redmond said.
After a successful June and start to July, the Marlins thought their days of scuffling at the plate were behind them. After being shut out 10 times early in the season, they entered the Milwaukee series having not been blanked since May 22.
On Sunday, Alvarez turned in his most impressive performance since joining the Marlins, delivering seven shutout innings against the Brewers.
But it wasn’t enough.
“We put so much pressure on our pitching to be perfect because we don’t score runs,” Redmond said. “If we can’t push across a couple of runs, that’s what you get.”
The Marlins bullpen finally cracked in the 13th when Caleb Gindl swatted Ryan Webb’s second pitch of the inning over the fence in left for the game-ending homer, his first career home run.
Webb didn’t think the ball was gone when it left Gindl’s bat.
“I thought it as a popup foul,” Webb said. “The ball kept going.”
Thanks in large part to the Marlins, the Brewers set a franchise record by not allowing a run in 35 consecutive innings.
Sunday marked only the second extra-inning shutout loss in Marlins history, joining a 3-0 defeat to the Padres in 11 innings during the 1996 season.