Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Marlins continued their April misery Monday when they lost again to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-5.
The Marlins bats have been cold as of late and that was readily evident in the Marlins loss to the D-Backs. Left-hander Patrick Corbin was called up from AA Mobile and proceeded to pitch 5.2 innings while giving up just three runs while striking out six.
It’s been a complete team effort in losing the last eight of nine games for the Marlins. Closer Heath Bell was expected to be the hammer to shut the door on teams, but so far in the young season, he’s been serving up more cheese than Kraft.
On Monday, Bell gave up two runs in the ninth inning in a non-save situation. The poor performance sent his ERA for the season to a staggering 10.80.
Marlins starter Mark Buehrle also struggled giving up seven runs, four of them earned, and eight hits in the loss.
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was asked about the fans booing the Marlins after the game.
“Can you blame them?” Ozzie asked rhetorically. “I was booing too.”
The Marlins had a chance to get back in the game in the first inning when they loaded the bases with one out, only to see Omar Infante hit a screamer that barely made it to the mound and ended up being a double-play to get the D-Backs out of the inning.
Miami would never seriously threaten the Diamondbacks again.
The Marlins’ Austin Kearns did hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to bring the Marlins close, but after Bell gave up two in the ninth; the game was all but decided.
Thanks to the retractable roof on the Marlins’ new ballpark, a rainout may have been averted for a second day in a row. Announced attendance was 31,008, and the afternoon crowd included thousands of school groups that generated a high-pitched din throughout the game.
There were jeers from the adults in the stands during Arizona’s five-run fourth inning.
Jose Reyes was back in the leadoff spot after being dropped to second for two games, but none of manager Ozzie Guillen’s lineup changes seem to help. The Marlins fell to 2-6 against left-handers with a batting average of .188.
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