It’s bad enough for the Marlins that they’re riding a seven-game losing streak. It’s worse that all of those losses have come in their home ballpark, where most teams typically succeed.
The Marlins are 8-14 at Marlins Park this season, and their current eight-game losing streak there is the team’s longest in the ballpark’s short history.
“I’m not sure that there’s an explanation for it, other than we play poorly here in the 305 [area code], and we need to get that better,” manager Dan Jennings said. “It’s very important because you’ve got 81 of them [games] here, so you definitely need to take advantage of playing at home.”
Only seven teams in the majors going into Thursday had losing home records. The Marlins aren’t much better on the road, where they’ve gone 8-12.
After further review, the official scorer credited the Diamondbacks with one more stolen base Wednesday to bring their total for the game to seven.
That’s the most ever allowed by the Marlins.
The extra stolen base resulted from a botched rundown by the Marlins, which enabled an Arizona runner to score from third and another to take second on the play.
Before Wednesday, the Marlins had only twice before allowed six stolen bases in a nine-inning game: against Cleveland on Aug. 13, 2013, and also against Atlanta on Sept. 13, 2000.
Although backup catcher Jhonatan Solano was behind the plate Wednesday, the onus — save for the rundown — fell on pitchers David Phelps and Carter Capps, who were lax in holding runners.
“It’s frustrating because that’s [other] teams taking advantage of things that they see and have advance-scouted as weaknesses,” said Jennings, adding that the situation would be “addressed.”
▪ Friday: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (0-3, 6.23) vs. Baltimore Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 2.43), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
▪ Saturday: Marlins RHP Dan Haren (4-2, 3.47) vs. Baltimore Orioles RHP Mike Wright (1-0, 0.00), 7:15 p.m., Marlins Park.