MIA 3, SEA 9: George Kirby carves up the Marlins

For the first time since late May, the Marlins have lost consecutive games.

After dropping game one of the three-game set against the Seattle Mariners, the Marlins sent Edward Cabrera out there to see if he can continue the nice stretch that he was on the past couple of games. Unfortunately, not only would the Marlins offense disappoint, but so would Edward in a lopsided 9-3 Mariners win.

Edward Cabrera, who had his last outing cut short due to a blister, struggled in his start against Seattle. Going with his usual changeup/fastball combo was nothing new with Edward, but he did walk three batters, which ended up hurting his pitch count as he would go into deep 3-2 battles at times in his outing.

The first home run that Cabrera gave up was to Cal Raleigh, who was in a 0-for-21 slump prior to the home run. Cabrera, who doesn’t usually go to the curveball much, threw it to Raleigh who took advantage of it and crushed it 409 feet into the air and left the bat at 105.4 MPH. That was Raleigh’s ninth homer of the season which got Seattle off to an early 3-0 lead.

The second home run that Cabrera gave up was to Mike Ford, who was a .158 hitter before the at-bat. With two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Cabrera went to his trusty changeup, which was low enough in the zone for Ford to take Cabrera 399 feet deep for a two-run blast that extended Seattle’s lead, 5-0. The ball left the bat at 101.0 MPH and that was Ford’s third homer of the season.

Cabrera would be taken out following the fourth inning. He struck out four, walked three, and gave up five earned runs on four hits. Cabrera’s next start will likely be on Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

On the other end of the pitching matchup, 2019 first-round draft pick George Kirby had a special night for the Mariners as he pitched six innings, struck out a career-high ten hitters, didn’t walk anyone, and only gave up one (unearned) run on three hits.

What made Kirby’s outing so good? It helped that he didn’t walk a single hitter, and that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone as he ranked in the 99th percentile in walk rate entering this start. Kirby has the lowest walk per nine among qualified MLB starters this season, and after his start against Miami, that will remain the case.

In terms of pitch arsenal and usage, he didn’t change much. Per usual, Kirby went with his fastball/sinker combo followed up by the slider which is his fourth-most used pitch this season.

Miami got to Kirby in the top of the sixth inning when Garrett Hampson got a base hit and then stole second. Jorge Soler continues having success this season and drove in Hampson to end the shutout. Seattle still led, 5-1.

Archie Bradley made his Marlins debut. It did not go well for the veteran right-hander, going one inning, striking out one, but giving up three earned runs off of two hits. Bradley walked three batters. All of those runs came around to score because of José Caballero‘s bases-clearing triple, which extended the Mariners lead to 8-1.

More fireworks went off in the eighth inning for both teams. Garrett Cooper took Chris Flexen deep for a two-run homer on an 0-2 fastball and Mike Ford hit a solo shot off JT Chargois. That was the first homer that Chargois has allowed as a Marlin.

With the loss, the Marlins are now 37-31 while the Mariners go to 33-33 and take the series against the Marlins.

Game Notes:

  • To make room on their roster for Archie Bradley, the Miami Marlins transferred Trevor Rogers to the 60-day IL and optioned Huascar Brazoban to AAA Jacksonville. Rogers is eligible to come off the IL next week, but that is “doubtful” to happen, per Craig Mish.
  • This was Cabrera’s first time allowing multiple homers in a game since April 24 in Atlanta.
  • All of Seattle’s offensive production came from the No. 5-9 part of the order for the Mariners. The others near the top of the lineup combined to go 0-for-16.
  • Luis Arraez‘s MLB-leading batting average dropped to .384, the lowest it’s been since June 2.

Miami will send out Eury Pérez on Wednesday as they try to salvage a game and avoid the series sweep. The Marlins have to face a former prospect of theirs, Luis Castillo, who has won five of his six career starts against them.

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