PHILADELPHIA -- For the Marlins, it was the mother of all maulings.
Their 20-1 blowout loss to the Phillies on Saturday marked the most lopsided defeat in franchise history, edging out an 18-0 bloodbath at the hands of the Braves in 1999.
“You’re glad they only count for one,” said Marlins manager Don Mattingly. “It’s not like these games count as two.”
The Marlins have lost four straight.
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But Saturday’s shelling was as ugly as they get. Dillon Peters gave up two grand slams to set a team record, Jacob Turner surrendered eight runs in a single inning, and backup catcher Bryan Holaday was brought in to pitch.
“Nothing really went right,” Mattingly said.
It was only the fifth time a Marlins opponent has scored at least 20 runs against them. The record: a 25-run outburst by the Boston Red Sox during the 2003 season.
Funny thing is, the Marlins actually led at one point Saturday. They jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Derek Dietrich scored from second on a wild pitch and throwing error.
It didn’t last long.
Peters issued a bases-loaded walk in the first, followed one out later by Maeikel Franco’s grand slam. Following a scoreless second inning, Peters gave up yet another grand slam, to Aaron Altherr.
He became the first Marlins pitcher to serve up two grand slams in the same game.
“They hit some good pitches a long way,” Peters said.
For that matter, it represented only the second time in Marlins history that they had given up two bases-loaded shots. The other time: May 21, 2000, against the Dodgers when Jesus Sanchez and Antonio Alfonseca were the guilty parties.
It went downhill from there for the Marlins.
Turner came in and gave up eight runs, tying a Marlins reliever record.
At least Holaday gave the Marlins reason to smile. The catcher was brought in to pitch the eighth.
Not only did he retire the side on eight pitches, but he struck out Rhys Hoskins on a 62 mph palm ball that fooled the Phillies hitter.
“It’s my go-to (pitch),” Holaday said, smiling.
Not wanting to use any of his other relievers, Mattingly asked Holaday if he’d be willing to throw an inning.
“When it got out of hand, he looked at me and asked if I’d done it before,” Holaday said. “I went down to our batting cage (to warm up) so I didn’t have to run all the way down to our pen, save a little energy.”
As far as bright spots go for the Marlins on what was a dreary night for them, Holaday was it.