ICYMI: Marlins Blank Padres 4-0 In Series Opener
Miami Marlins 4, San Diego Padres 0
Marlins’ starting pitcher Tom Koehler and two relievers combined to three hit the Padres on Thursday night. Two out of the three hits were by Alexi Amarista, just goes to show how bad the Padres were offensively. The Padres now have been shutout a league-high 14 times.
They had an opportunity in the fifth as they loaded the bases with only one out. Tyson Ross was up however, and grounded one to third, McGehee fired it home to get the force out. Abraham Almonte then popped out in foul ground, it was McGehee again making a nice catch by the seats as he fell down.
Padres’ starter Tyson Ross was absolutely dealing for the first five innings. He had seven
punchouts through the first three innings, finishing with eight on the night. In the sixth though, he ran into trouble.
Back-to-back singles put runners on the corners and a wild-pitch scored Martin Prado. Next batter, Justin Bour, singled in Christian Yelich to make it 2-0.
Two more singles added another run and then some poor defense cost the Padres again. J.T Realmuto stole second with Casey McGehee on third. Austin Hedges throw pulled Alexi off the bag, who then tried to fire it home to McGehee but his throw went well wide of Hedges.
Five straight two-out singles off of Ross and two throwing errors on one play gave the Marlins a 4-0 lead, which was plenty of run support for Marlins’ pitching.
Koehler went seven innings, giving up three hits, four walks and struck out seven to get his eighth win of the season.
Tyson Ross drops to 6-8 on the season but has still been one of the Padres most effective pitchers on the season, especially recently. He hasn’t given up a home run in 16 consecutive starts (99 innings), a Padres’ franchise best. He’s given up just three home runs all season.
Marcos Mateo, Kevin Quackenbush and Shawn Kelley pitched the last 3 1/3 innings, giving up just two hits and one walk combined.
OF Justin Upton was held out of the game for the fourth straight night (strained oblique), but he did pinch-hit in the ninth, striking out.
Starting pitcher Brandon Morrow will pitch a rehab start on Saturday in Triple-A El Paso.
First pitch – 7:10 pm PT
Andrew Cashner (3-10, 4.10 ERA) will get the start in game two of the series. His name has been thrown around recently in trade rumors.
Dan Haren (7-5, 3.46 ERA) looks for the second straight victory against the Padres. He’s also been in the trade discussion recently.
Nick was born and raised in San Diego where he became a Chargers and Padres fan, attending numerous home games throughout the years with his dad. He then went on to attend college at the University of Arizona. There he earned his degree in marketing and now lives in San Francisco where he dreams of the the sunny beaches of San Diego. Bear Down.