The Marlins began the second leg of their long three-city road trip, heading to the 2023 MLB All-Star Game site in Seattle. However, All-Star hopeful Jesús Luzardo got hit hard in another road outing, leading to an 8-1 loss for Miami.
It didn’t take long for the Mariners to get to Luzardo, as J.P. Crawford had his way with him to begin the game. Luzardo hung a pitch over the plate that Crawford sent to right field at 103.5 mph, earning him a leadoff double. Luzardo sent a pickoff attempt into center field, allowing Crawford to advance to third. Teoscar Hernandez sent a 109 mph rocket into left field over Bryan De La Cruz‘s head, putting the Mariners up 1-0.
De La Cruz made a costly mistake, dropping a liner that allowed Hernandez to score that should’ve ended the inning. 2-0, Mariners.
Luzardo continued to struggle early on, as he couldn’t make it through the bottom half of the Mariners’ order and allowed an RBI single to Julio Rodriguez when the top half of the order came back around. 3-0, Mariners.
With two runners on and two outs, Ty France took his midseason resurgence to new heights, blasting one 420 feet out to left field. No doubt about that one, 6-0, Seattle.
Luzardo got pulled fairly early, as he finished with a final line of 4.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, BB, and 3 K. It was a tough outing for him (more on that later on).
That would finally do it for all of the scoring in this one, as the Mariners made sure they didn’t let the NL leader in comeback wins this season (20) back into this one.
Many hoped Luzardo would find his way back on track from how he began the season after his lights-out showing against the Royals last week. However, Luzardo’s road struggles continued once more, with his road splits now standing at a 5.93 ERA, a 1.62 WHIP, 34 K, and a whopping .323 average against him in six starts. loanDepot park has treated Luzardo much better, with his home splits holding strong with a 3.04 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 55 K, and only a .212 batting average allowed in eight games started. Every major counting stat besides walks is also greater on the road for Luzardo in two fewer starts and 17 fewer innings pitched.
It’s no secret that loanDepot park is a pitcher’s park, but there truly is no place like home for Luzardo. With plenty of road games still remaining this season—and another road start this road trip on Sunday for Luzardo in Washington D.C.—he’ll have to figure out his road woes eventually if Miami wants to fulfill its postseason aspirations.
Bats Go Pacific Cold
One run on one hit. Enough said. The Marlins would have gotten no-hit had it not been for the blast by Nick Fortes. The team’s xBA was .235, which isn’t great, but suggests the team did get a little unlucky. Luis Arraez, Jesús Sánchez, Garrett Cooper, and Fortes all had balls in play that had an xBA of more than .500. Arraez’s eight-game hit streak ended with a surprising 0-for-4 outing from him.