After being swept by the Phillies, the Marlins traveled down to St. Petersburg in hopes to end their skid. They didn’t win one game, and managed to lose a manager in the three game series.
Game 1- The Fish only managed to come up with one run in their series-opening 5-1 loss, with Brad Hand (0-3, 3.45 ERA) giving up three runs on two homers in 4.2 innings. Buck got an RBI to score the single run the Fish would get, while leaving 8 on base. Steve Cishek would come into the 8th to pitch for Florida, where he gave up two runs. A fan interfered with a ball hit down the right-field line by Rays 2B Sean Rodriguez, which was ruled a ground rule double. The Rays would’ve scored a run regardless, but home plate umpire Ted Barrett called for the runner who was at first base at the time, to score on the ground-rule double. Current Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez came out to argue the call; the home plate umpire claiming that it was a judgement call that Evan Longoria, who was at first base at the time, would’ve scored on the hit. Edwin got in his face over the call, which made it a 4-run deficit now for the Fish. Edwin was ejected after a short while of yelling.
Game 2- Ricky Nolasco’s struggles continued in this 7-4 loss, where he would give up 5 runs, all earned, on 8 hits. Nolasco (4-3, 4.48 ERA) went 5.0 innings, and was unable to get a strikeout. The Fish managed to get 5 hits, the power coming from Infante, who went 2-4, and Gaby Sanchez, who went 1-4 with a double. Rays’ CF Johnny Damon hit a milestone, where he became the 11th player in MLB history to reach 500 doubles, 100 triples, 200 homers, and 2,500 hits. The Marlins went 1-10 with runners in scoring position, leaving 6 on base. The Marlins’ relief gave up 6 walks, a stat that is never surprising to see.
Game 3- Edwin Rodriguez resigned as manager for the Marlins around 11AM. Only a few hours later, with bench coach Brandon Hyde managing, the Fish would lose their 10th straight game. A strong pitching performance by Chris Volstad, who has one of the worst records and ERA’s in baseball- (2-7, 5.65 ERA), wasn’t enough to give the Marlins an edge. Volstad gave up 1 run in 7.0 innings, where he allowed 6 hits, while walking and striking out 4 each. Randy Choate allowed the second run to the Rays, runners he inherited from Ryan Webb in the 8th inning, which gave him his fourth loss of the season. The Fish hit poorly, with Dewayne Wise, Emilio Bonifacio, Logan Morrison, and Omar Infante being the only players to get hits. Spectacular catches from Rays left fielder Sam Fuld would bring down the Marlins in the 8th, while a great pitching performance from James Shields brought down the Fish and lasted all-game. The Rays would win it, 2-1 on Father’s Day Sunday.
Next Series: The Marlins are set to take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, home, at Sun Life Stadium in a 3-game series.
Monday, June 20 (7:10PM ET): Anibal Sanchez (6-1, 3.02 ERA) vs. Jered Weaver (8-4, 2.06 ERA)
Tuesday, June 21 (7:10PM ET): Javier Vazquez (3-7, 6.85 ERA) vs. Ervin Santana (3-7, 4.25 ERA)
Wednesday, June 23 (7:10PM ET): Brad Hand (0-3, 3.45 ERA) vs. Joel Pineiro (3-3, 3.92 ERA)