RECAP: Marlins Can't Complete Sweep, Fall To Cardinals In Finale 5-2
Marlins Fail To Complete Sweep Of St. Louis At Home
Though the Marlins won the first two games of the series against St. Louis at home, they dropped the finale to the Cardianls tonight by a final score of 5-2.
Nathan Eovaldi got the start and if it weren't for two errors by Jordany Valdespin would have been able to keep the Fish more in the game than they were. Overall, Eovaldi allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits, one walk and four strikeouts over six innings of work.
Eovaldi picks up his seventh loss of the season with the 5-2 loss, but lowered his ERA down to 3.96 on the season.
The Cardinals first scored in the third inning tonight, as base-hits by Jon Jay and Matt Carpenter and a walk drawn by Matt Holliday loaded the bases with two out against Eovaldi. Mike Adams then came to the plate and delivered a two-run single into right, scoring both Jay and Carpenter to make it 2-0.
Miami's offense, on the other hand, mustered just three hits (all singles) off of Justin Masterson through his seven innings of work.
The Cardinals, however, would tack on runs in both the fifth and sixth innings thanks . In the fifth, a throwing error by Valdespin (the first of two on the night) on the back-end of what would have been an inning-ending double-play ball allowed Carpenter to score to make it 3-0.
In the sixth, St. Louis wouldn't have had a baserunner if it weren't for another error by Valdespin, but after Oscar Taveras reached back-to-back hits by Jay and Masterson allowed Taveras to score.
The Cardinals would add one more in the eighth when Sam Dyson walked Daniel Descalso with the bases loaded, and the score would remain 5-0 heading into the bottom half of the ninth inning in this one.
Kevin Siegrist came in to work the ninth for St. Louis in an attempt to finish off a 5-0 shut-out victory, but after Christian Yelich singled with one out, Jeff Baker got Miami on the board with a home run to left center, his third of the season.
With the loss, the Marlins failed to complete the sweep of the second-wildcard-leading Cardinals at home and fall four and a half games back of them for the National League's second wildcard spot.
Miami also falls to seven games back of the victorious Nationals for first place in the division:
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The Marlins will now welcome the fourth-place Arizona Diamondbacks (51-68) into town for a four-game weekend series. The series opens tomorrow night with Brad Penny (1-0, 1.80) facing Chase Anderson (7-4, 3.06).
When Penny takes the hill tomorrow night, it will be his first start in Miami in a Marlins' uniform in over a decade.