Brad Ziegler was gone, as was Cameron Maybin.
On the day the two veterans vanished from the Marlins in a pair of deadline trades, the painful rebuild continued with a 11-6 drubbing by the Braves at soggy SunTrust Park.
The Braves, a team that is emerging quite nicely from a rebuild of its own, hammered a pair of home runs off starting pitcher Dan Straily and another off returning reliever Tayron Guerrero as the Marlins closed out July with their second straight loss.
“I just didn’t have it today, plain and simple,” Straily said.
For Straily, whose name showed up in the occasional trade rumor leading up to Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline, the short-lived outing was one of his worst performances of the season. Starting with the leadoff homer he gave up to rookie Ronald Acuna Jr and ending with the bases-loaded double he allowed to Kurt Suzuki, Straily gave up eight runs on 11 hits -- both season highs.
“Everything they put in play found a hole and it just wasn’t my day out there,” Straily said.
Straily failed to make it through the fourth inning in a game whose start was delayed 87 minutes by rain. While Straily also gave up a two-run homer to Nick Markakis, it was the Braves’ five-run fifth -- one fueled by a Miguel Rojas error on a botched bunt play -- that brought about his exit.
“When you mess up bunts, it usually costs you multiple runs,” said manager Don Mattingly. “And that’s what happened.”
The bullpen didn’t do a whole lot better.
The Braves scored a run off Javy Guerra, another off Guerrero and yet another off Brett Graves.
On the offensive side, Magneuris Sierra went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs, J.T. Realmuto clubbed his 14th home run, and the Marlins totaled 11 hits.
Isaac Galloway, who was called up before Tuesday’s game, made his big-league debut after spending the first 11 seasons of his professional career in the minors. Galloway’s 947 minor-league games were the most by a Marlin making his major league debut since Brian Daubach did the same in 1998 after appearing in 965 minor league games, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Galloway entered the game in the seventh as a defensive replacement in left field and beat out an infield single in his first major league at bat.
Galloway said he started crying when he was informed Tuesday that he was being promoted to the majors for the first time.
“Ike’s one of those guys that I think everybody roots for because he’s had a pretty long road,” Mattingly said. “Guys are happy for him. They represent, to me, what’s great about the game. This is a kid who just battled his way through. Obviously he loves playing because you don’t do that for 11 years if you don’t love playing this game.”