It would be hard for any pitcher to match Jose Fernandez’s previous two outings and in his third start, even he couldn’t come close to the previous performances.
The Marlins’ bats cooled off Wednesday night and the team could never get on track with Tom Koehler on the mound as the Fish lost their fourth straight game, 4-2 to Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have the best ERA in baseball despite Charlie Morton having a couple of rough outings recent
The Miami Marlins took the Pittsburgh Pirates to the bottom of the ninth inning after getting out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth inning.
Then, just as quickly as hope started to emerge for the Fish, the Pirates slammed the door with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to knock off the Marlins, 4-3.
The best and worst teams in the NL are matching up this week, but it figures to be competitive.
Jose Fernandez had a team rookie record 13 strikeouts in a pitching duel with Gerrit Cole, and the Miami Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Sunday.
While the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins showed signs of improvement at the plate, they might have a more difficult time against two of baseball’s top young pitchers.
Miami Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez had thrown only 72 pitches after six shutout innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates when manager Mike Redmond yanked him for a pinch-hitter.
Both the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates are enjoying quality seasons midway through this year. With each team presenting a legitimate threat to make the playoffs in their respective leagues, the question is, which is most likely to achieve that goal?
With a little time, Starling Marte and the Pirates could make waves throughout baseball.