The Marlins took the first of a four game home series set to close out the month of May. They out-hit, out-pitched, and ultimately out-scored a struggling Padres lineup and pitching crew.
Eric Lauer has had two good games this month. Once against the Dodgers at the top of May, another was his previous start against the Nationals. Today’s display against the Marlins was one of his bad ones. Actually, his worst. He was yanked before completing a third inning after giving up 7 hits and 5 earned runs, four of those runs coming from 3 RBI-singles in just the first inning, then one more in the 3rd.
Robbie Erlin came in to offer some serious backup, eating 5 innings of the game keeping the Marlins to their 5-1 lead. Then, newly bullpen’d Bryan Mitchell goofed that all up by promptly giving up an RBI-double and RBI-single in the 9th, pitting the Padres into a 7-1 hole.
The Friars hardly chipped away at the lead, only grabbing a run in the bottom of the second from a Franmil Reyes home run, his second of the season, then a Hunter Renfroe RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to score Christian Villanueva. Outside of that, the Padres collected only 6 hits and couldn’t cut the Marlins lead even in half.
Tyson Ross will look to help bounce back from this loss tomorrow and hopefully give Padres fans a moment to stop sighing. Ross will look to close out his May with a sub-3 ERA, flirting with 40 strikeouts for the month, and hopefully one of those valuable pitcher W’s.