The Miami Marlins look to even the Citrus Series tonight, as they play the second game of a four game split set against the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at the Trop in St. Pete. Tampa Bay handed the Marlins their sixth straight loss, 10-6 Monday while also tying up the all-time interleague series against Miami 43-43.
Righthander Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 5.37 ERA) will take the mound for the Rays looking to get back in the win column, after allowing two runs over eight frames of work and not earning the decision in his team’s extra-innings loss against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Hellickson has allowed 26 runs over his past 30 innings, and given up 13 of his total 38 earned runs in the first inning.
Righthander Kevin Slowey (1-5, 3.30 ERA) will be on the hill for the Marlins, also looking to get back on track and avoid a fourth straight losing start. Slowey sustained a lat muscle injury in his last start, but completed a bullpen session Saturday and has been cleared to return to the mound tonight, according to the Miami Herald.
Slowey will have the task of slowing down a hot Kelly Johnson who’s hit seven home runs and driven in 24 runs in the month of May. Johnson hit a pair of three-run homers finishing with four hits and seven RBIs in yesterday’s game alone.
First pitch is set for 7:10 pm.