Hand Struggles Early, Marlins Drop Game Two

Hand’s First Inning Troulble Costs Miami In Game Two

Philadelphia Phillies v Miami Marlins

All five runs scored in tonight’s game came in the first inning, but the Marlins fell one run shy of a victory in game two against the D-Backs.

Brad Hand got the start, and outside of the first inning pitched a great game. Hand allowed three runs in the first one three hits – including two home runs – but allowed just two hits and two walks over his final six innings of work.

Overall, Hand allowed three earned runs over seven innings on five hits, two walks, and three strikeouts and falls to 2-5 on the season.

Hand is now 0-2 with a 2.95 ERA in three career starts against the Diamondbacks.

As mentioned above, Arizona’s three runs in the first came courtesy of two home runs. One was a solo shot by Cliff Penington with one out, his first of the season, and the second was a two-run shot by Aaron Hill, his tenth of the season scoring Mark Trumbo.

The Marlins first inning rally was less flashy, but they still managed to get two runs on the board via RBI singles by Giancarlo Stanton, scoring Christian Yelich who singled to lead off the inning, and Garrett Jones, scoring Donovan Solano who singled after Yelich leading off the inning.

Unfortunately, despite a few opportunities for both teams to score runs later in this game those first innings runs would be all in this one.

Miami and Arizona combined for seven hits in the first inning, but the two teams combined for just six hits over the remainding eight innings.

There was some action in the field in the top half of the second inning, as Adeiny Hechavarria continued his great play in the field this season with yet another gem to rob Tuffy Gosewisch of a leadoff single:

Addison Reed had no trouble closing out this one either, as he worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his 29th save of the season and give the D-Backs a 3-2 win in the second game of this four-game weekend set.

With the loss, Miami moves to 60-62 on the season and will fall another game behind the victorious Nationals. The Marlins are now eight games back of Washington for first place and four games back of the second wildcard spot, which is currently occupied by the Pirates (who lost tonight) & Giants (who are just underway against the Phillies.)

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The third game of the series is tomorrow night at 7:10 PM ET, and the Marlins will continue their quest to get back to .500 as they send their ace Henderson Alvarez (8-5, 2.48) to the mound to face Arizona’s southpaw Wade Miley (7-8, 4.61).

The match-up looks to heavily favor the Marlins as it stands right now, and looking deeper into the numbers it appears this is still the case. Miley owns an underwhelming 1-1 record with a 6.75 ERA over his last three starts while Alvarez owns a 2-1 record with a 1.53 ERA over that same span.

Marlins Fan’s Failed Attempt To Catch Ball:

In the top of the fourth inning of tonight’s game a fan hopped the rail in right field to try and pick up a foul ball in the stands, but lost his footing and landed pretty rough:

Matt Stein is a season-credentialed media member covering the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also assisting with coverage of USF Athletics. He attended the University of Tampa and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Sport Management.