Marlins Home Attendance Lowest Since 2004 Expos

Marlins Home Attendance Lowest Since 2004 Expos

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MIAMI (AP) — The 25th anniversary of the Marlins franchise was seen by the fewest fans at home in team history.

The Marlins became the first major league team to draw fewer than 1 million fans at home since the 2004 Montreal Expos, beating the Cincinnati Reds 6-0 Sunday before 13,595 to complete the Miami portion of their schedule in Derek Jeter’s first season as chief executive officer.

“Obviously we would like to fill it up every day, but I know it’s the first year of what we’re doing and a lot of new people and a lot of new things we’re doing at the ballpark, so it’s hard for me to assess,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

After trading star slugger Giancarlo Stanton to Jeter’s former team, the New York Yankees, during an offseason payroll purge, the Marlins went 38-43 at home and drew 811,104 for an average of 10,014.

Miami’s previous low was 813,118 in 2002.

The Marlins are last in the NL East at 62-93 overall, their eighth consecutive losing season. The Marlins have not reached the playoffs since beating the Yankees in the 2003 World Series.

Miami’s attendance is the lowest for a big league team since the Expos drew 749,550 in 2004, their last season before moving to Washington and becoming the Nationals. Miami is finishing its seventh season at Marlins Park, built with a retractable roof to encourage attendance in Florida’s summer heat and humidity.

“I think you’re going to have low numbers just about anywhere at certain points in the season with the weather and atmosphere, it’s going to happen,” Marlins rookie Brian Anderson said. “It can be tough sometimes, but that’s just how a big league season is. It’s a grind, but we made it through it this year.”

The only other team under 1.4 million at home this year is cross-state rival Tampa Bay, which has drawn 1,091,863 with a week of home games remaining.

“Hopefully we’re playing good enough to where fans want to see it and they want to support us,” Anderson said. “We do have a good fan base down here in Miami and I think we’ve seen that especially this weekend.”

Despite the low season turnout, the Marlins turned in the second-largest weekend draw of the season at 37,625, including 13,595 on Sunday.

“The fans showed up today,” said Trevor Richards, who pitched seven innings and struck out nine. “You could hear them. It was a pretty good crowd. It was fun today.”

Rookie catcher Chad Wallach hit his first big league home run, a three-run drive in a four-run third off Michael Lorenzen (3-2), who allowed nine hits in four innings. Wallach and Anderson each had three hits.

“In the big moments and we’re putting runs across, the fans are getting into it, it’s a good time and you see what it can be like it here and how much fun it can be,” Anderson said. “We look forward to more of that next year and hopefully getting more fans and getting a little bit better of an atmosphere.”
Trevor Richards (4-9) gave up three hits in seven innings, struck out nine and walked one. Tyler Kinley and Drew Rucinski finished a four-hitter.

“It was just a lot of fun,” Wallach said. “The homer was obviously fun. It was great catching Trevor out there. He was phenomenal today. He had everything going for him. It was just a fun game.”

Cincinnati finished the road portion of its schedule at 30-51, its fourth straight season of 50 or more losses away from home. The Reds are 36-40 at home.

Jeter's Marlins finish as poorest home draw since 2004 Expos

Jeter's Marlins finish as poorest home draw since 2004 Expos

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Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly, right, celebrates with Miami Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson after they defeated the Cincinnati Reds in a baseball game in Miami, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

MIAMI (AP) — The Marlins became the first major league team to draw fewer than 1 million fans at home since the 2004 Montreal Expos, beating the Cincinnati Reds 6-0 Sunday before 13,595 to complete the Miami portion of their schedule in Derek Jeter’s first season as chief executive officer.

After trading star slugger Giancarlo Stanton to Jeter’s former team, the New York Yankees, during an offseason payroll purge, the Marlins went 38-43 at home and drew 811,104 for an average of 10,014. They are last in the NL East at 62-93 overall, their eighth consecutive losing season. The Marlins have not reached the playoffs since beating the Yankees in the 2003 World Series.

Miami’s attendance is the lowest for a big league team since the Expos drew 749,550 in 2004, their last season before moving to Washington and becoming the Nationals.

The only other team under 1.4 million at home this year is cross-state rival Tampa Bay, which has drawn 1,091,863 with a week of home games remaining.

Rookie Chad Wallach hit his first big league home run, a three-run drive in a four-run third off Michael Lorenzen (3-2), who allowed nine hits in four innings. Wallach and Brian Anderson each had three hits.

Trevor Richards (4-9) gave up three hits in seven innings, struck out nine and walked one. Tyler Kinley and Drew Rucinski finished a four-hitter.

Cincinnati finished the road portion of its schedule at 30-51, its fourth straight season of 50 or more losses away from home. The Reds are 36-40 at home.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Matt Harvey (7-9, 4.92 ERA) is to start Tuesday’s opener of a two-game home series against Kansas City.

Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (2-1, 2.35) is slated for Monday’s first game of a three-game series at Washington.

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Cincinnati Reds end their final road trip with another shutout loss to Miami Marlins

Cincinnati Reds end their final road trip with another shutout loss to Miami Marlins

MIAMI – When Michael Lorenzen returned to the dugout following the fourth inning Sunday, he took off his glove and threw it toward the bench. Then he threw his hat.

In the final game of a 10-game road trip against the Miami Marlins, nothing went right.

Making his second start of the season, Lorenzen struggled to command his pitches. The Reds were shutout for the fifth time in their last nine games. There were defensive miscues in a matchup between a pair of last-place teams.

Lorenzen’s outburst in the dugout probably summarized it best in a dreadful 6-0 loss at Marlins Park in front of 13,595 fans.

The Reds lost three of their four games against the Marlins, the team with the worst record in the National League.

Lorenzen, who was sharp in his first start, frequently was behind in counts. He gave up four runs in the third inning, unable to pitch out of trouble when he allowed a three-run homer to Marlins catcher Chad Wallach, who had a few at-bats for the Reds last year.  

It was Wallach’s first home run of his career. Lorenzen knew it was hit well and didn’t turn around to watch the ball.

In the first inning, Lorenzen surrendered a pair of singles to begin the game. He fought back from a 3-0 count against No. 3 hitter Starlin Castro to induce a double play.

Lorenzen, who stranded the bases loaded in the second inning, gave up two singles to begin the fourth inning. He avoided more damage when Marlins outfielder Austin Dean, the No. 2 batter in the lineup, lined into a double play at shortstop.

Pitching four innings, Lorenzen allowed nine hits, four runs and two walks. He threw 65 pitches, knowing before the start that he would be limited to 60-70 pitches. He threw a first-pitch strike to 11 of the 21 batters he faced.

It’s easy to understand Lorenzen’s frustrations as he tries to make himself a candidate for next year’s starting rotation. In two starts, he’s allowed four earned runs in eight innings.

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The Marlins scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, benefitting from a few ugly plays. Rookie third baseman Brian Anderson hit a one-out single. Anderson then advanced to second base on a wild pitch, moved to third when catcher Curt Casali’s throw went in center field. Anderson scored on another wild pitch.

The inning was extended when Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett misplayed a ground ball for the team’s second error of the inning, and No. 9 batter Magneuris Sierra delivered an RBI single.

Marlins rookie right-hander Trevor Richards silenced the Reds’ offense, allowing three hits and one walk in seven scoreless innings. Richards, who entered Sunday with a 5.22 ERA since the All-Star break, struck out nine.

Eugenio Suárez was the only Reds hitter to reach second base. Suárez and Tucker Barnhart hit back-to-back one-out singles in the fourth inning but were stranded when Richards struck out the next two batters on called third strikes.

The Reds scored 12 runs during their 10-game road trip, finishing the season with a 30-51 road record. Against the Marlins, they produced five runs in four games. 

With one week remaining in the season, the Reds will play the Kansas City Royals in a two-game series beginning Tuesday at Great American Ball Park. 

 

Nationals' Strasburg tries to extend dominance of Marlins

Nationals' Strasburg tries to extend dominance of Marlins

MIAMI — Starlin Castro said he has been feeling “a little lost” at the plate lately.

Monday night, he rediscovered his stroke, belting a two-run double and a solo homer as his Miami Marlins defeated the visiting Washington Nationals 8-5.

The Marlins are in last place in the National League East and have not been in contention all year, so the victory was merely for pride and the stat books.

But the Nationals (76-75), who won this division three of the past four years, including the past two in a row by large margins, are a different story.

The Nationals are now long-shots to make this postseason, and Monday’s performance — giving up a 4-0 lead — had to hurt.

On Tuesday, the Nationals and Marlins will conclude their brief two-game set. Washington will start veteran right-hander Stephen Strasburg (8-7, 3.87 ERA). Miami will go with rookie right-hander Sandy Alcantara (2-0, 1.42 ERA).

Dating back to April 2017, Strasburg has dominated the Marlins, going 4-0 with a 0.67 ERA.

Overall, Strasburg, who at age 30 still has an above-average fastball with a norm of 94.8 mph, has won his past two decisions. His most recent start, on Wednesday at the Philadelphia Phillies, was Strasburg’s best since May. He struck out nine, walked none and allowed just one run in seven innings.

One of Strasburg’s oddest patterns this year has been his home struggles — 2-5 with a 5.20 ERA. But he is 6-2 with a 2.26 ERA in eight road starts.

He has also been strong in September, going 1-0 with a 2.41 ERA in three starts.

The Marlins, though, have shown they will battle, just as they did on Monday.

“I give credit to our whole lineup,” Castro said of a Marlins team that pieced together six singles, six walks, two doubles and one homer on Monday. “We started the game losing, but we all came up with big at-bats.”

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said he was proud of his team.

“It feels good that our guys are fighting,” Mattingly said. “You want your guys to compete no matter the situation.”

Mattingly has to be happy with the compete level of Alcantara, whose average fastball is 95.2 mph. He has thrown as hard as 102 mph, and, at age 23, he is a big part of Miami’s future.

Alcantara has lasted seven innings in each of his past two starts. In those two games, he has allowed a total of just five hits and two runs, striking out 12.

Washington has its own young stars — outfielders Victor Robles and Juan Soto. Robles, a 21-year-old with just 44 at-bats at this level, hit his first major-league homer on Monday night, blasting the ball 427 feet to left. His shot had an exit velocity of 105 mph.

The 19-year-old Soto has hit 20 homers so far this season, which ranks him third in major-league history in the category of long balls hit by a teenager. Tony Conigliaro is atop the list with 24 homers. Washington’s Bryce Harper hit 22 homers as a teen.

Strasburg recently gave Soto exceptionally high praise.

“He is reminiscent,” Strasburg said, “of watching (a young) Tony Gwynn.”

Last-place Marlins use balked-in run to come back against the Nationals

Last-place Marlins use balked-in run to come back against the Nationals

Despite an early lead, the Nationals’ bullpen was unable to prevent the lowly Marlins from coming back in Miami.

MIAMI — Nationals reliever Wander Suero balked in a run while Washington blew a four-run lead, and the Miami Marlins rallied for an 8-5 victory Monday night.

Washington led 4-0 after 4 1/2 innings but trailed by the end of the sixth. Suero let in the go-ahead run, balking with pinch-hitter Rafael Ortega batting and Austin Dean at third base to put Miami ahead 5-4.

The Nationals (76-75) entered the day in third place in the NL East, trailing the division-leading Braves by 7 1/2 games and six games out of the final wild-card spot.

Washington tied it in the seventh when Trea Turner beat out a potential double play, but Miami loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning and Lewis Brinson hit a tiebreaking single off Koda Glover (1-3).

Starlin Castro had a homer and three RBIs for the last-place Marlins.

Anthony Rendon had three hits, including a two-run home run, and Victor Robles hit his first career homer for the Nationals, who have 11 games remaining.

Castro’s solo homer in the eighth pushed the lead to 8-5.

Jarlin Garcia (3-2) recorded the final out of the seventh. Adam Conley pitched the ninth for his third save.

The Nationals led 4-0 behind an error by Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson, a solo shot by Robles and a two-run blast by Rendon.

Castro’s two-run double in the fifth cut the deficit to 4-2 and ended Erick Fedde‘s outing. Fedde allowed two hits and two runs over 4 1/3 innings.

Miami got four consecutive hits off Jimmy Cordero in the sixth, including a two-run single by Magneuris Sierra, before Suero balked.

Marlins starter Trevor Richards allowed four runs in five innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Jose Urena (hand) exited Sunday’s game at Philadelphia but is expected to be fine. Manager Don Mattingly said he was just experiencing cramping in his hand. … RHP Dan Straily (oblique) is not expected to pitch the rest of the season.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (8-7, 3.87 ERA) is the scheduled starter in Tuesday’s game against Miami to end the two-game set.

Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (2-0, 1.42) will make his fourth start of the season and third against the Nationals.

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Nats balk in a run, blow 4-run lead vs Marlins in 8-5 loss

Nats balk in a run, blow 4-run lead vs Marlins in 8-5 loss

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Washington Nationals center fielder Victor Robles catches a ball at the wall hit by Miami Marlins’ Starlin Castro during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI (AP) — Nationals reliever Wander Suero balked in a run while Washington blew a four-run lead, and the Miami Marlins rallied for an 8-5 victory Monday night.

Washington led 4-0 after 4 1/2 innings but trailed by the end of the sixth. Suero let in the go-ahead run, balking with pinch-hitter Rafael Ortega batting and Austin Dean at third base to put Miami ahead 5-4.

The Nationals (76-75) entered the day in third place in the NL East, trailing the division-leading Braves by 7 1/2 games and six games out of the final wild-card spot.

Washington tied it in the seventh when Trea Turner beat out a potential double play, but Miami loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning and Lewis Brinson hit a tiebreaking single off Koda Glover (1-3).

Starlin Castro had a homer and three RBIs for the last-place Marlins.

Anthony Rendon had three hits, including a two-run home run, and Victor Robles hit his first career homer for the Nationals, who have 11 games remaining.

Castro’s solo homer in the eighth pushed the lead to 8-5.

Jarlin Garcia (3-2) recorded the final out of the seventh. Adam Conley pitched the ninth for his third save.

The Nationals led 4-0 behind an error by Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson, a solo shot by Robles and a two-run blast by Rendon.

Castro’s two-run double in the fifth cut the deficit to 4-2 and ended Erick Fedde‘s outing. Fedde allowed two hits and two runs over 4 1/3 innings.

Miami got four consecutive hits off Jimmy Cordero in the sixth, including a two-run single by Magneuris Sierra, before Suero balked.

Marlins starter Trevor Richards allowed four runs in five innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Jose Urena (hand) exited Sunday’s game at Philadelphia but is expected to be fine. Manager Don Mattingly said he was just experiencing cramping in his hand. … RHP Dan Straily (oblique) is not expected to pitch the rest of the season.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (8-7, 3.87 ERA) is the scheduled starter in Tuesday’s game against Miami to end the two-game set.

Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (2-0, 1.42) will make his fourth start of the season and third against the Nationals.

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