Marlins shut out

Of­fense and pitch­ing strug­gle in loss.

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Matthew DeFranks Staff writer

MIAMI — Marlins left-han­der Caleb Smith em­barked on the best stretch of his brief ma­jor league ca­reer sim­ply by throw­ing strikes. He re­fused to nib­ble on the edges of the strike zone. In­stead, he trusted his pitches would gar­ner swings and misses. Smith did. Until Thurs­day. Dur­ing the Marlins’ 7-0 loss to the scuf­fling Dodgers in front of 13,820 at Marlins Park on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, Smith strug­gled to com­mand his pitches in last­ing just three in­nings. He walked four bat­ters and sur­ren­dered four runs to help Los Angeles (17-26) snap a six-game los­ing streak.

It was Smith’s third out­ing this sea­son of three in­nings or fewer. The Marlins lost all three games. On Thurs­day, Smith gifted the Dodgers with as many walks as he’d al­lowed in his pre­vi­ous four starts and 24 in­nings com­bined. He still man­aged four strike­outs.

De­spite the loss, the Marlins (16-27) won the sea­son se­ries against the Dodgers by win­ning four of the teams’ six games.

As Smith suf­fered an early exit, the Marlins of­fense strug­gled to gen­er­ate of­fense against Dodgers right-han­der Kenta Maeda. Maeda cruised through the Miami lineup, fin­ish­ing eight in­nings with just 96 pitches on his ledger. He set down the fi­nal 17 Marlins he faced.

Only Derek Di­et­rich’s sec­ond in­ning dou­ble and Yadiel Rivera’s pinch-hit, thirdinning sin­gle sul­lied Maeda’s nearly pris­tine pitch­ing line.

It was the sixth time this sea­son the Marlins have been shut out. Last sea­son, Miami was shut out eight times across the

en­tire year.

Marlins right-handed re­liever Ju­nichi Tazawa had an­other poor out­ing, al­low­ing three runs in his sole in­ning of mop-up duty. In his past two out­ings, Tazawa has al­lowed seven runs. He’s recorded four outs. His over­all ERA now rests at an in­flated 9.00.

Tyler Cloyd threw five in­nings of re­lief for the Marlins. He did not al­low a run.

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