Another rough outing for Gerrit Cole proved to be the difference maker in tonight’s 7-1 loss to Miami. I attended the game, and the most fun the fans had were cheering on the Penguins after a scored goal. The teams struggles have made many fans uninterested and only attract the die-hard fans most nights. The team needs a major boost for the players and fans especially.
Josh Bell‘s RBI groundout in the 9th was the only offense generated by the Pirates. Bell and Phil Gosselin provided a hit each while Josh Harrison picked up two. Cole pitched to a line of 11 hits, seven runs, one walk and five strikeouts. Juan Marinez, Daniel Hudson and Dovydas Neverauskas all pitched clean innings in relief. Cole had a 2.84 ERA on May 17 and then suddenly the wheels came off in his last four starts including this game. After 23 earned runs since then, his ERA has risen to a mediocre 4.83.
The Marlins generated a ton of offense in this game. Christian Yelich and JT Riddle both drove in one run each. Derek Dietrich drove in three runs and Tyler Moore drove in two. Edinson Volquez was clicking in his first start after a no-hitter his last time on the mound. He pitched to a line of 7 innings, three hits, two walks, eight strikeouts and didn’t allow a run. The Marlins played a flawless game that lead them to victory.