The Florida Marlins received a stellar pitching performance in
their last game, but the offense couldn’t provide the necessary
support to end a losing streak.
The Atlanta Braves aren’t exactly scoring at a rapid pace,
After the teams combined for one run and six hits in the series
opener, Florida hosts Atlanta on Wednesday night looking to avoid a
The Marlins (31-28) saw their scoreless stretch reach 13 innings
with a 1-0 loss Tuesday against the Braves (33-28), who mustered
only two hits of their own and have scored five runs in their last
three games combined.
Brad Hand made his major league debut for Florida and allowed
only one hit – a fourth-inning homer to Alex Gonzalez – in six
innings. Hand became the first pitcher since the Washington
Senators’ Mike Thompson in 1971 to throw six-plus innings, allow
one hit or less and get the loss in his debut.
”We wasted another good outing by the pitching staff,” manager
Edwin Rodriguez said. ”Brad Hand was very impressive. His poise
was excellent. He looks like he’s been in the big leagues for a
Florida last lost seven straight April 20-27, 2009.
”The energy is there, the passion is there, the desire is
there. It’s just not happening,” Rodriguez said. “Maybe they’re
putting pressure on themselves.”
Martin Prado’s two-out single in the ninth was the only other
hit for Atlanta. The last time the Braves were two-hit and won was
Sept. 25, 2004 – also a 1-0 victory against Florida.
”To get two hits and win is crazy,” said Braves starter Tommy
Hanson, who pitched six innings.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez won his first game back in Miami since
the Marlins fired him June 24.
”One good hit and good pitching,” Gonzalez said of what led to
Dan Uggla’s return to Florida didn’t go as well. The struggling
former Marlin went 0 for 3, dropping his batting average to a
majors-worst .170. Uggla is 1 for 19 (.053) over his last seven
games and has driven in one run since May 15, when he hit his last
”You can look at it a bunch of different ways and try to make
excuses about it,” Uggla said. ”It’s just one of those things.
I’ve had a rough start to this year for whatever reason. Who
Uggla is 1 for 2 with a home run against Florida starter Ricky
Nolasco (4-1, 3.99 ERA), who will face the Braves for the second
time this season.
Nolasco allowed five runs in five innings April 14 against
Atlanta in the Marlins’ 6-5 victory. The right-hander has given up
12 runs and 22 hits in 11 innings over his last two starts after
allowing four runs in six innings Friday in Florida’s loss to
Derek Lowe (3-4, 4.07) opposes Nolasco looking for his first
victory in more than a month.
Lowe is winless in his last five starts with a 5.40 ERA after
allowing three runs in six innings Friday against the New York Mets
before Atlanta rallied for a 6-3 victory. The right-hander hasn’t
lost to the Marlins since July 7, 2007, though he hasn’t pitched
extremely well against them since. He’s 2-0 with a 6.82 ERA in
seven starts following that loss.
The Braves have won five of the last seven meetings.