RECAP: Longball Bites Brad Hand, Marlins Drop Series To Rockies On Road

Marlins Drop Road Series At Coors Field 2-1

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The Marlins dropped their second consecutive game to the Rockies this afternoon by a final of 7-4. With today’s loss, Miami also lost the series to Colorado two games to one.

Brad Hand got the start, and if you take the first inning out of the equation pitched quite well. In the first, however, he threw 25 pitches and allowed three runs on two home runs by Nolen Arenado and Michael McKenry.

Overall, Handallowed four earned runs on seven hits, three walks and three strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings of work. He drops to 2-6 on the season with the loss today.

The Marlins kept trying to inch closer in this one, but every time they did the Rockies found a way to separate themselves once again. In the top of the second, Miami scored two runs on an RBI double by Jeff Mathis (6), scoring Adeiny Hechavarria, and an RBI single by Christian Yelich, scoring Mathis.

The score would remain 3-2 in favor of Colorado until the fifth, and from then on the Marlins just couldn’t seem to keep the game to that one-run gap. The Rockies scored a run in both the fifth and sixth innings on a bases-loaded walk to McKenry and an RBI double by Drew Stubbs, respectively, extending their lead to three at 5-2.

The Marlins would edge a bit closer in the seventh, as an RBI double by Jeff Baker (9) and an RBI single by Giancarlo Stanton, but as mentioned earlier, Colorado would separate the game once again.

In the bottom half of the seventh, the Rockies scored to more runs on a two-run double by DJ LeMaheiu with the bases-loaded and one out against Brad Penny.

Unfortunately, that would be all for the Fish in this one as they dropped the finale and the series on the road to the Rockies. With the loss, the team is now back under .500 and remains four games back of the Giants (who have also dropped two straight) for the second wildcard spot:

TeamRecordWinning %Games Back
Giants82-67.550+3.0
Pirates79-70.530-
Brewers78-72.5201.5
Braves75-75.5004.5
Marlins73-76.4906.0

The team now heads to Los Angeles to face the first-place Angels (76-52) tomorrow at 10:05 PM ET, and the Marlins will send Jarred Cosart (10-8, 4.14) to the hill for game one to face off against recently called up and former Fish Wade LeBlanc (0-0, 7.36).

Though Cosart’s overall numbers don’t look great, he owns a 1-1 record with a 2.45 ERA in three starts with Miami.

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