Cosart Struggles In Debut As Marlins Drop Third Straight

Stanton Homers Again To Regain Lead In National League

Cosart Struggles, Stanton Homers

The Marlins offense couldn’t get much of anything going against Mat Latos tonight as they dropped game two against the Reds by a final score of 5-2.

Jarred Cosart got the start in this one as he made his Marlins debut after being acquired from Houston in the final second before the trade deadline yesterday, and though he got off to a great start he struggled to get outs in key situations towards the end of his outing.

Cosart retired the first nine Reds hitters in order, but seemed to lose focus after recording his first career major-league hit in the bottom of the third. After Billy Hamilton singled to center to lead off the fourth inning, Cincinnati recorded two more hits by Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier to get them on the board.

Cosart would work out of trouble that inning, though, striking out Devin Mesoraco, getting Ryan Ludwick to line out to Casey McGehee and Skip Schumaker to pop out to short.

The Marlins would get on the board in the bottom of the fifth, however, as Jordan Valdespin brought in Adeiny Hechavarria with a two-out single into right field.

The Fish loaded the bases with two out and seemingly took the lead on a ground ball by Garrett Jones to Frazier at first, as he was at first was called safe and seemed to beat Latos to the bag, but the review revealed otherwise:

The sixth inning would be prove to be the deciding factor in this one, though, as Cincinnati scored three runs to regain the lead.

Cosart started the inning and struck out Hamilton but would then walk Bruce, give up a single to Frazier, and walk Mesoraco to load the bases with one out. Mike Redmond had seen enough and removed him with the young right-hander throwing just 82 pitches on the night.

Chris Hatcher came in to replace Cosart, but after giving up a double to Ludwick and a sacrifice fly to Schumaker allowed three runs to score on Cosart’s pitching line. Overall, Cosart allowed four earned runs on four hits, two walks and three strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings.

The Marlins would inch a bit closer in the bottom of the eighth when Giancarlo Stanton hit a first-pitch 92 mph fastball from Jonathan Broxton over the wall in center field, but that was all the restistance they would offer in this one.

The home run by Stanton was his 26th of the season, and with the Cubs just starting play against the Dodgers in L.A. Stanton currently holds the National League lead in that category.

The Reds would add one more run in the top of the ninth inning, as Chris Heisey scored on a passed ball by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but Aroldis Chapman worked around a one-out single by Hech with a game-ending double play to collect 25th save of the season.

With the loss Miami moves to 53-56 on the season and has lost three straight after getting back to .500. The team will remain six games back of the Nats for first place, though, as they were also losers on the night.

Here are the NL East standings as they sit at the end of tonight’s game:

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Game three of the series is tomorrow at 7:10 PM ET, as Miami sends Nathan Eovaldi (5-6, 4.37) to the hill to square off against Homer Bailey (8-5, 4.03).

These two pitchers are on different trends, however, as Eovaldi owns a 9.92 ERA over his last three starts (16 1/3 innings) while Bailey owns a 3.32 ERA over his last three (19 innings).

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.