Snell fillets Fish but Padres let Marlins off the hook late

May 31, 2023; Miami, Florida, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) throws a pitch against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at loanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

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Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

LoanDepot Park- Miami, FL

The San Diego Padres entered a new era of their broadcasting as Bally Sports San Diego is no longer carrying Padres games. Major League Baseball took the controls to air the Padres on TV on Wednesday, allowing for blackout-free streaming as well as alternate channels across several cable companies.

On the field, Padres looked to clinch a series win in Miami with Wednesday’s matchup with the Marlins. A pair of lefties started the game for each team, with Blake Snell toeing the rubber for the Padres opposite Miami’s Braxton Garrett.

Unfortunately, the Marlins spoiled a strong start from Snell by walking it off on all-world closer Josh Hader.

Blake Snell is beginning to look more like his All-Star self in his last two starts. After allowing one run in five innings last time out, he carved up the Marlins for six innings, striking out seven without allowing a run.

That’s a 0.82 ERA over 11 innings in his last two starts.

Gary Sanchez has impressed at the plate early on in his very brief Padres tenure. He launched a 111.4 mph missile off of the lower deck scoreboard in left for his first home run in a Padres uniform. While the two-time All-Star certainly has his flaws, one thing that remains strong is his power. For reference, the hardest hit ball of the season for fellow Padres catcher Austin Nola is registered at 106.1 mph.

That would be all the offense the Padres would get. They clung to a 1-0 lead for almost the entire game after that.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Marlins threatened with the bases loaded and one out. Nick Martinez got the defending batting champion Luis Arraez to ground into an inning-ending double play to preserve the slim lead.

Things were looking good as the Padres turned to Hader to seal the 1-0 win. The Marlins had other ideas. Hader looked far from sharp, walking the leadoff batter, Yuli Gurriel, and letting him get to second on a sacrifice bunt by Joey Wendle. Jean Segura singled him home to tie the game.

Segura took second after the Padres botched the relay throw. Catcher Gary Sanchez was up the line and did not see the cutoff man Ha-Seong Kim, who threw it to nobody at the plate.

Nick Fortes then lined a single down the right field line to walk it off for the Marlins, handing the Padres a gutting loss.

San Diego looks to shake it off and salvage a series win in Thursday’s series finale.

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