MIA 8, TEX 9: Rangers rain on Weathers’ Marlins debut

A fifth-inning rally against Miami’s newest pitcher flipped Saturday’s game upside down.

A fifth-inning rally against Miami’s newest pitcher flipped Saturday’s game upside down.

The Miami Marlins reportedly shopped for veteran starting pitching reinforcements prior to the MLB trade deadline. However, they didn’t find any priced to their liking. It left a void in their rotation, temporarily filled by George Soriano, who made the first start of his major league career on Saturday against the Texas Rangers. He wasn’t stretched out for a regular starter’s workload, though, leaving the rest of the pitching staff responsible for preserving an early lead. In his Marlins debut, Ryan Weathers wasn’t up for the task in the 9-8 loss.

The Marlins needed a pair of fresh arms prior to the game, replacing Devin Smeltzer (designated for assignment after pitching each of the previous two days) and JT Chargois (placed on the 15-day injured list with a right rib cage strain). Weathers and Huascar Brazoban were recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville as the corresponding moves.

Soriano kept the explosive Rangers lineup off the scoreboard through three innings, locating his signature slider well to both sides of the plate.

Meanwhile, the Marlins had a lot of success against Jon Gray. They plated three runs in the top of third, the last of those coming on a Jazz Chisholm Jr. infield single. Unfortunately, his right hamstring cramped up on a subsequent stolen base attempt, forcing him to exit the game.

The Jazz-less Marlins stretched their lead to 5-0 in the next inning, punctuated by a two-out Luis Arraez RBI double.

“Skip (Schumaker) told me to take it easy—we were up by five (runs) at the time. No need to go out there and try to be Superman like I always try to do,” Chisholm said postgame. He hopes to play on Sunday.

Soriano got ahead in the count 0-2 against Adolis García in the fourth inning. That’s when things collapsed. García drew a 10-pitch walk, Josh Jung singled and Robbie Grossman clobbered a poorly placed slider for a three-run home run.

Unflattering final line for the rookie right-hander: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR (59 pitches/36 strikes).

Steven Okert temporarily halted the Rangers’ momentum, holding the score at 5-3 with a scoreless inning of relief. Weathers may physically resemble him, but he predictably struggled in this situation. The former San Diego Padre hadn’t pitched since July 26 and was previously expected to work as a starter in Jacksonville before the major league team’s needs took precedent over his development.

In the fifth inning, four of the five batters atop the Texas lineup reached base safely against Weathers. Corey Seager went yard to tie it up and Josh Jung followed suit to make it 7-5, homering against a changeup and a slider, respectively.

With the Marlins now trailing, Weathers was left out there to wear it. The hope was he’d be able to finish the game himself, but at 95 pitches, Skip Schumaker mercifully let him hit the showers with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.

The Marlins have now lost 12 of their last 13 road games. For the first time since June 4, they’re only four games over the .500 mark.

Additional Info

  • The Marlins dropped to 24-10 in one-run games.
  • In his fourth game since the trade, Jake Burger hit his first Marlins home run, a two-run shot against Will Smith that made the ninth inning slightly more interesting. Burger has more homers (26) than singles (24) this season.
  • Joey Wendle singled to snap out of a 0-for-28 slump.
  • Probable starters for the series finale are Sandy Alcantara and Andrew Heaney. That will leave the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros as the only non-Marlins teams Alcantara hasn’t faced during his career.
  • The Marlins need another “fresh arm” to replace Weathers for the rest of this road trip, and they’re reportedly going with their very best internal option, per Craig Mish of SportsGrid. Eury Pérez will be Monday’s probable starter against the Cincinnati Reds, returning one month after being optioned to Double-A Pensacola.

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5 responses to “MIA 8, TEX 9: Rangers rain on Weathers’ Marlins debut”

  1. Skip was recently reported as saying he is trying to win, not trying to lose. I doubt him or at least question his competence. The very fact that he had to say this is telling. When we acquired Weathers the consensus of the Twitterverse (Xerverse?) was that he was a fixer-upper and he was sent down to the minors for some coaching help to see if he could improve his 6.45 ERA performance. But before he threw a single pitch in the minors, we brought his sorry 6.45 ass up to the majors and put him in a game. But not just any game, we put him in against the mighty Rangers when we were finally leading by two runs. Predictably, he gave up the lead. Predictably to everyone except Mr. trying to win. We do have other bullpen options. Its like our recent fixation on Brazoban and his recent performance. We could have brought in Robertson. There is no rule you can’t bring in a closer early to shut down an offense – the term closer is not even official. Skip is looking a lot like Mattingly lately, rather than violating unwritten norms, he would rather take a loss. Letting Wendle go 28 at bats without a hit while benching red hot Berti. Maybe Kim will intervene but she was complicit on bringing Weathers up. And the whole Eury mess is another story. Good chance he forgets how to pitch when we bring him back Monday. What we are seeing is the on the job training of a rookie manager and rookie GM. One is fine but to have rookies in both roles results in what we are now seeing. Both have the experience that after five years experience, they should be better. But now we are faced with yet another teardown and rebuild.

    1. It was an indefensible way to use Weathers. His role was to mop up if the game was out of reach. When you have a multi-run lead, you need to go to ANYBODY else before him.

  2. The Rangers offense and the Marlins offense are complete polar opposites, and it shows in the 3.2 IP of Ryan Weathers. The difference between our offenses are night and day.

    They had 10 baserunners against him for 3.2 IP. 6 runs scored.

    During one of our games, we had 9 baserunners in 9.0 IP and we were shut out 5-0 against the Tigers.

    This is not a playoff team no matter how much the fanbase nor ownership wills it.

    1. The path to the playoffs hinged largely on more NL teams deciding to punt at the deadline. Huge blow that both the Padres and Cubs straightened themselves out and even made some upgrades. I was alarmed to see the Marlins and Cubs now tied in the loss column. Life comes at you fast.

      1. I’m more than willing to bet the Padres and Cubs were banking on us having a historical collapse, and if they were, they were definitely on the money.

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