The Miami Marlins (11-14) took the field Sunday against the New York Mets looking for their first road series win of the year. Unfortunately for Mike Redmond and his squad, pitcher Dillon Gee for New York brought his A game, striking out six in eight shutout innings, allowing only three hits.
In a series that featured a Mets comeback win in the 9th inning Friday, followed by a Marlins comeback win Saturday, Gee and the Mets bats made sure this one was out of reach for the Fish, as RBI doubles by Lucas Duda and David Wright, and a Chris Young two-run home run led New York to a 4-0 victory in Sunday’s rubber match.
“Give their guy some credit, he did a nice job keeping us off balance, and we had a couple opportunities, couldn’t get a big hit.” Manager Mike Redmond said after the game. “And they got a couple big hits, and that ended up being the difference.”
Tom Koehler took the loss for Miami, as he allowed four runs through five innings of work. Redmond backed up his pitcher after the game.
“A little bit of a command problem, but he gave us everything he had, he gave us 108 pitches, and even though it was a grind for him to get through five innings., he gave us five, but we only mustered up three hits, it’s tough to go out and win a game with only three hits.”
The Marlins have the day off Monday before hosting the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night in the much anticipated rematch of Jose Fernandez and Alex Wood, who just faced off last Tuesday in a 1-0 win for Fernandez, who struck out 14 against Wood’s 11 K’s.
From New York to Chicago, as the Tampa Bay Rays (11-14) blew a tire after five shutout innings Sunday against the White Sox. In the sixth, starter David Price allowed five runs, three earned, and then three runs in the seventh, as the Rays fall 9-2 in Chicago.
Tampa Bay, top five in the MLB in fielding percentage, made four errors Sunday, all in the sixth, leading to two unearned runs for Price, as he made an error as well.
“It’s very unusual. It’s uncharacteristic of us to make those errors, but we’re human, and I still feel like I have eight Gold Glovers out there whenever I’m out there on the mound,” Price said. “We have those days, and it stinks.”
Manager Joe Maddon and his Rays will send young right hander Jake Odorizzi to the mound Monday night to face the Sox.
Tampa currently sits in last place in the American League East, four games back of the New York Yankees.
For audio from Sunday’s games, click the links below:
Marlins Manager Mike Redmond:
Rays pitcher David Price:
Rays Manager Joe Maddon: