A night that began with a leadoff home run by Mark Canha ended with the Marlins licking their wounds and wishing the game would end. Jesús Luzardo had one of his worst starts of the season, and the Marlins bats had nothing against Brandon Woodruff.
From the jump, it was evident that Luzardo was off his game. His velocity was down, he wasn’t locating, and nothing was going his way. Besides the leadoff home run by Canha, Luzardo allowed a season-high ten hits and tied a season-high in walks allowed with four while also allowing one shy of his season-high in earned runs with six. His average velo was down by at least 0.9 mph on all four pitches.
Luzardo was able to buckle down and grit through five innings to at least preserve some of the exhausted bullpen, but with 95 pitches under his belt, that would be it. His final line: 5.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 95/55 P/S.
After the game, he was adamant that this had nothing to do with his health or fatigue, although he did mention the irregularity of being part of a six-man rotation.
Daniel Castano came on in relief to give the bullpen a rest. Appearing in his first big league game since April 7, he allowed four runs before recording a single out. He went on to work two innings, giving up five runs (four earned), walking two, and striking out two.
Jacob Stallings pitched the ninth inning and allowed a single run. All told the Brewers scored 12 runs on 17 hits and six walks off Marlins pitching.
On the offensive side, there was…nothing. Brandon Woodruff worked in and out of trouble throughout the night, and the Marlins hit themselves into yet another wacky double play. This time it was 8-6-4. Josh Bell on his baserunning blunder, “I was hoping to maybe spark something, but down that many runs, just dumb on my part.”
Skip after the game: “We got our butts kicked.”
Noah’s Notes and What’s Next
- This was the first shutout of Brandon Woodruff’s career (his second complete game).
- Old friend Brian Anderson, who had been riding the Brewers bench for nearly three straight weeks, finally got into the action as a pinch-hitter once the game was essentially decided.
- Joey Wendle said he’s doing just fine after an awkward slide on a steal in the beginning of the game.