Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – There were cheers that went up from the crowd at Marlins Park Wednesday night, but it wasn’t for anything the baseball team pulled off. Instead, it was for highlights of the Heat’s series clinching victory over the Chicago Bulls; that is how bad the Marlins are this year.
The Fish put up 11 hits against the Cincinnati Reds and still managed to get no runners across home plate in the 4-0 shutout loss. Any semblance of offensive output from the Marlins has been hard to come by in 2013.
The Marlins currently rank last in runs, batting average, slugging percentage, and home runs. Wednesday night Miami was just 1-10 with runners in scoring position. Even getting the breaks on some infield hits didn’t help the Fish as they stranded 12 runners and hit into two double plays.
“We’re just not getting it done,” manager Mike Redmond said. “I don’t know how to dress it up any more than that. I’m trying to be patient, but at the end of the day, somebody’s got to step up and get a hit with a guy in scoring position.”
The Marlins’ loss was the team’s 10th this season with the roof open as the Fish have yet to win a game when exposed to the elements in South Florida. Overall, the Marlins are 5-13 at home this season, which is last in the major leagues.
The team has also just about run out of options when it comes to finding any spark of offense in the lineup. Redmond has tried 38 different batting orders in 40 games this season all to no avail. Seven different players out of nine in Wednesday’s lineup were hitting .240 or lower.
The Marlins are likely to call up more rookies to the main roster as the year progresses to see what they have going forward. The Fish have already brought up pitcher Jose Fernandez and hitters Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna to the main roster.
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