The Miami Marlins fell to 3-10 in June after an 11-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. It was a completely dominating performance by the Rays as Miami as only able to manage one hit. With the loss, the Marlins are now 1-9 in their last ten games and remain seven games out of first place in the National League East. The defeat also moved the Marlins back to the .500 mark after a franchise best May had put them in a tie atop the division.
Carlos Zambrano struggled again and was only able to last two plus innings walking six in his short time on the hill. After exiting his previous start with stiffness in his back, it appeared Zambrano had not recovered as of yet. It took Zambrano 78 pitches to get thru the six outs as he was unable to avoid full counts on nearly every opposing hitter. Only four of the runs were charged to the veteran but it was enough to tag him with his fifth loss of the season. In what has been a recurring theme, the Marlins’ bullpen faltered and let the game get out of hand. Chad Gaudin was asked to go four and two third innings and allowed four runs while walking three. Next in was Sandy Rosario who allowed three runs in an inning of work before exiting with a knee injury. Rosario is expected to be placed on disabled list on Saturday with Chris Hatcher taking his roster spot. Ryan Webb took over for Rosario and retired the only batter he faced.
The one hit for Miami came in the first inning as Donovan Solano singled into center field. Solano was a late addition to the lineup after Hanley Ramirez was scratched due a ball hitting his nose before the game. Ramirez may return to the lineup on Saturday. The Marlins’ lineup walked four times with one of those free passes going to Solano.
On Saturday, Anibal Sanchez and James Shields are scheduled to face one another for the second straight week as the Marlins will look to grab their first game of the 2012 Citrus Series.