MIA 0, DET 5: Bats fall cold as Fish get shut out by the Tigers

The Marlins gave their huge crowd very little to cheer about.

For the second straight night, the Marlins continued their celebration of Miguel Cabrera, one of their most important players in franchise history. Saturday’s game coincided with a Venezuelan heritage celebration. The festivities attracted 32,936 fans. There was a pregame ceremony featuring various Venezuelan legends, honoring the country’s rich baseball history.

Miami came into this game with brand new bullpen pieces. Joining Jorge L贸pez, the team activated David Robertson who figures to take over as the Marlins’ closer. In a corresponding move, the club optioned Bryan Hoeing to AAA- Jacksonville (had not pitched in last 10 days).

The fireworks started early as Johnny Cueto allowed a stand-up double to Miguel Cabrera after he received his first of several standing ovations. Giving up a Javy Baez walk earlier put runners on second and third with two outs in the top of the second inning. A three-run shot to Akil Baddoo gave Detroit the early lead. Entering the game, Baddoo had been in a 1-for-22 slump.

Things began to heat up in the 4th with an Luis Arraez single, his 42nd multi-hit game of the season. He raised his average to a league-leading .383. Cooper followed that up with a single advancing Arraez to third, but the Marlins could not capitalize and yet again left multiple runners stranded on the basepaths.

In terms of pitching, Cueto proved to be serviceable against the Tigers. One knock on Cueto throughout his tenure as a Marlin is his inability to miss bats, which today he was able to turn it around in that department with 10 whiffs.

Before being pulled, Cueto gave up a solo shot to Riley Greene. Ultimately, Cueto ended up having an OK day to justify his spot on the Marlins pitching staff.

Final Line: 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 H, 5 SO, 83 Pitches

One of the Marlins’ newest acquisitions, Jorge L贸pez, made his team debut. L贸pez gave up a walk and was helped tremendously by a great Luis Arraez double play. L贸pez still needs help with his control to return to being the same player that was an All-Star in 2022.

Five different Tigers pitchers combined to throw a shutout against the Marlins. It was a disappointing performance in front of the largest home crowd in six years and makes the series finale a must-win game for Miami because the next four after that are all against the division rival Phillies, a fellow NL Wild Card contender.

Three Stars of the Game (Marlins)

  1. The Attendance (largest for a Marlins home game since April 29, 2017)
  2. Luis Arraez (2-for-4, diving defensive play)
  3. Johnny Cueto (6.0 IP, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 H, 5 SO, 83 Pitches)

Marlins are back Sunday at 1:40 for the third game of the series vs. the Tigers. The starting pitching matchup will be Jes煤s Luzardo ( 3.22 ERA, 120.1 IP) vs. Tarik Skubal (3.71 ERA, 17.0 IP).

Photo by Danis Sosa/Fish On First

3 responses to “MIA 0, DET 5: Bats fall cold as Fish get shut out by the Tigers”

  1. What a horrible game. Cueto had so many close calls with runners on base and walks that there is no way he will be competitive against the good teams coming up and certainly not the post season.
    And the players do not have a team mentality. Every at bat, except Arraez, it was swing for the fences trying to hit a home run and gain some personal glory. Skip needs to implement some small ball strategy like bunts with runners on and not outs. 0 runs against the tigers is unacceptable.
    And we did not get a chance to see our new closer. Robertson should have taken a whole week off before joining the team instead of one day. The Phillies are going to sweep this team and end our post season fantasies.
    Huge crowd, except they were all rooting for Miggy and the Tigers. But I guess the team figured out if there are so few Marlins fans, may as well cater to the away team crowd. Since it worked to well, expect to see more of it – Nathans hot dog giveaway when the Yankees come to town?
    Give the Marlins performance, all they did was create 32,000 die hard soccer fans. After this game, no one is coming back to watch Marlins baseball.
    And after the game was over and you thought the Marlins were done screwing up, they angered even more fans. The police closed all the roads leading to the Uber lot. Hundreds of fans were frantically trying to contact their drivers who could not get to them. And the Marlins had two uniformed employees in the lot. They could have called the office and told them what happened, but no, this is the Marlins after all.

  2. Yet another game where it is evident this team needs a bat at the very minimum, and that is counting on expected offense from Jazz and Avi.
    I think bullpen is somehow addressed, Starters are thin, yes, but manageable. The lineup鈥 it needs more, probably a quite a lot.

  3. Leo Armbrister Avatar
    Leo Armbrister

    I hope Garcia and Jazz can give this team some offensive punch.

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