Sometimes with a young team like the Miami Marlins things just stop going good for no reason at all. That isn’t the case right now with them however. They can point to a very specific reason for having been swept out of San Diego by the San Diego Padres. Offensively they were comatose during this series producing only one run on seventeen hits. That is a bad time for any pitcher but for Ricky Nolasco it was a tough luck situation last night.
Nolasco pitched great. I mean you really can’t pitch much better other than giving up zero runs instead of only one. He went seven strong innings giving up only the one run on four hits and striking out nine. The only performance of the night better than his might have been that of Jason Marquis who went eight scoreless innings. Nothing against Marquis but some of that had to do with the Marlins offense just disappearing in this series.
Another good strong pitcher goes for the Marlins next against the Los Angeles Dodgers and they can only hope to be able to muster some offense in this series. Maybe it is a series by series thing. They just played extremely well over the weekend and scored 14 runs during a Sunday win. Could be they scored too many on Sunday I guess.
All joking aside this was a situation where a decent team ran into a hot team and probably pressed too much, got out of their game plan and came out flat. Hopefully that will be a lesson they learn before the Dodgers series begins so they can build a little more success as they go through this young season.