Following marathon, Slowey shaky vs. Brewers
After big relief outing, Wednesday's starter tagged with five runs
MIAMI -- A night after celebrating a thrilling comeback victory, the Marlins slumbered through one of their most disappointing performances.
Carlos Gomez collected four hits, with two triples, and Jean Segura homered to lead the Brewers to a 10-1 victory over the Marlins in front of 13,468 on Wednesday at Marlins Park.
Given ample run support, Alfredo Figaro completely silenced the Marlins over seven scoreless innings to collect his first win since he was with the Tigers in 2009.
Figaro limited the Marlins to an Ed Lucas first-inning single through the first six innings. By that point, Milwaukee led, 10-0.
"That was probably the worst game we played all year," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "It's definitely disappointing after an emotional win last night. But that happens sometimes."
After Giancarlo Stanton's two-run homer in the eighth inning Tuesday lifted the Marlins to a 5-4 win, they entered Wednesday with a chance to take two of three in the series. Instead, they dropped the series, and the nine-run margin of defeat was their second-worst outcome of the year. On April 18, they lost to the Reds, 11-1.
"Coming off a big win, I was just hoping we'd be able to carry that out and find a way to get it done, but we pretty much got shut down offensively," Redmond said.
Miami right-hander Kevin Slowey had a rough outing, giving up six runs (five earned) on nine hits in five innings.
Slowey returned to the mound on three days' rest after he threw seven scoreless innings of relief Saturday in Miami's 2-1 win over the Mets in 20 innings at Citi Field.
Slowey picked up the win at New York, logging 94 pitches.
He was initially scheduled to start Tuesday but was pushed back a day.
Slowey on Wednesday was around the plate, throwing 68 pitches with 52 strikes. He struck out six.
"I think today's game had a whole lot less to do with the number of days' rest, and more to do with me executing pitches," Slowey said. "I went back and was able to look at a number of my pitches. The pitches that I executed, a majority of them I got outs. The pitches I didn't, they got hit.
"Leaving the ball up over the plate to a guy like Segura or Gomez, they've been hitting well all year. It's not going to end too well too often."
Milwaukee wasted little time getting to Slowey in the first inning.
The Brewers sent seven to the plate and grabbed the early lead on Jonathan Lucroy's three-run triple. Norichika Aoki singled to open the game, and with one out, Gomez singled. Slowey hit Aramis Ramirez with a pitch, loading the bases for Lucroy, who laced a liner to the gap in right-center, clearing the bases.
"Offensively, everybody was swinging the bat well," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Lucroy had a big day. He started it off with that triple and got things going in the first."
The Brewers tacked on a run in the third inning on Segura's 10th home run. Jumping on Slowey's first pitch of the inning, an elevated 81-mph slider, Segura deposited a no-doubt blast estimated at 403 feet.
"We knew it was going to be a battle with Slowey going on three days, but give those guys some credit," Redmond said. "They were swinging the bats good. That's a pretty potent lineup right now with a lot of guys swinging the bat well."
As the Brewers were adding runs, Figaro had one stretch of retiring 17 in a row, between Lucas' singles in the first and seventh innings.
Miami avoided the shutout with a run in the ninth off former Marlin Burke Badenhop. Stanton had an RBI fielder's choice groundout.
In the fourth inning, the Brewers manufactured an unearned run, largely because of a botched defensive play on Figaro's sacrifice bunt attempt.
Scooter Gennett slapped a one-out single to left, and Figaro squared to sacrifice. His bunt attempt was popped toward third base. Catcher Rob Brantly scrambled to make the catch as Lucas charged toward the plate from third.
Lucas and Brantly nearly collided, and the ball deflected off Lucas' glove and kicked back toward the first-base line. Staying with the play, Lucas scooped up the ball and made an off-balance throw to first that sailed past Greg Dobbs for a throwing error.
The misplay put runners on second and third, and Redmond argued that Figaro, out of the batter's box, interfered with Brantly's path to the ball. Umpire Lance Barksdale allowed the play to stand, and Aoki's sacrifice fly to left gave the Brewers a five-run cushion.
"I thought the batter interfered with Brantly trying to make the play," Redmond said. "I guess it looked like he kind of was trying to get out of the way, and he has the right to run down the baseline. But then the defensive guy's got the right to try to make the play, too. It's one of those plays. He saw it one way; I saw it a different way. But at the end of the day, it's definitely a play we should have made."