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The Marlins Struggle Against Beachy
- Updated: May 18, 2012
Ricky Nolasco hoped to make history Thursday Night against the Atlanta Braves by becoming the all-time winningest Marlins pitcher. Things didn’t go too well for him, as he lasted less than 5 innings for his second consecutive start.
Things went even worse for Miami’s offense as only 5 players earned base hits in the Marlins’ 7-0 loss to the braves. On the other side though, one particular Atlanta Braves pitcher is starting to look really, really good.
Brandon Beachy (5-1) earned his 5th win of the season last night, and also lowered his ERA to a Major League best 1.33. The young, emerging starting pitcher only allowed 5 hits in his first ever shutout, let alone his first ever complete game.
Beachy struck out 6 and walked none in his outstanding performance, as he is quickly asserting his dominance in a division that includes Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Josh Johnson, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Cole Hammels, Mark Buehrle, and Johan Santana.
There wasn’t much to say about the Marlins’ offense or their defense, as neither proved to be at their best Thursday night. The fish still remain only 3.5 games behind the division leading Braves, in which is shaping to be the most competitive division in all of baseball. Even the last place Phillies (20-19) are above .500. The lone extra base hit in the game, a double, by Giancarlo Stanton, was probably the only sign of life out of a Marlins team that never seemed quite in the game on Thursday.
They hope to rebound with the start of a three game series of Interleague play on Friday, in a 1997 World Series rematch against the Cleveland Indians, where Carlos Zambrano will match up against Justin Masterson.