MIAMI -- All weekend, the Marlins celebrated the 25th anniversary of their franchise. On Sunday, it was Padres left-hander Clayton Richard who was trying to make some history of his own.Richard flirted with the first no-hitter in Padres history, but that bid was broken up by Miguel Rojas with two
MIAMI -- All weekend, the Marlins celebrated the 25th anniversary of their franchise. On Sunday, it was Padres left-hander Clayton Richard who was trying to make some history of his own.
Richard flirted with the first no-hitter in Padres history, but that bid was broken up by Miguel Rojas with two outs in the seventh inning. Still, Miami wasn't able to manufacture much else and lost, 3-1, dropping two of three to San Diego at Marlins Park.
"He threw strikes. He made pitches. He got quick outs. That's what he does," Marlins left fielder Cameron Maybin, a former teammate of Richard in San Diego, said. "He pounds the strike zone. You've got to tip your hat. He had some good stuff going today."
Richard was in command and held the Marlins without a hit for 6 2/3 innings before Rojas' single up the middle. Per Statcast™, it had an exit speed of 105 mph, and a hit probability of 43 percent. JT Riddle added an RBI single in the inning, but pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich grounded out sharply to first as the go-ahead run to end the frame.
"Our guys kept us in it," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "The bullpen comes in and does a nice job. We got some chances. We had a couple of hits there we were hoping would open the floodgates a little bit."
While Richard held the Marlins in check, Jose Urena did his part to keep the Marlins in the game. The right-hander worked six innings, allowing three runs. The crushing blow came on local product Eric Hosmer's two-run homer in the sixth, which provided Richard with a three-run cushion.
The Padres claimed a one-run lead in the second on Freddy Galvis' sacrifice fly, which scored Hunter Renfroe, who doubled. A wild pitch by Urena proved crucial, because it advanced Renfroe to third with one out.
"I want him to put the ball in play," Urena said of Hosmer's full-count home run. "I don't want to walk him with a guy on first. I tried to trick him. He put a good swing on it and hit a homer."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The first inning proved telling when Maybin's fly ball to center field was run down by Manuel Margot at the warning track for the third out. The Marlins had Brian Anderson on second and J.T. Realmuto on first, and they could have had something going.
According to Statcast™, Maybin's liner projected at 403 feet, with an exit speed of 100.6 mph and a hit probability of 77 percent.
Reminded that could have been a home run in many parks, Maybin said: "We play here. It doesn't matter. There's no what ifs in this game. It's not a game about, 'What ifs, or coulda, shoulda, wouldas.'"
Added Mattingly: "It was one of those balls that you thought he got it good. We had a couple of guys on. The next inning, they come back out and score. It goes from possibly a couple of runs lead to you're down a run. It was a little bit of a swing there. That would have been a nice one to drop."
There have been two no-hitters thrown at Marlins Park, which opened in 2012. Both were by Marlins. On Sept. 29, 2013, Henderson Alvarez did it against the Tigers in the last game of the season, and on June 3, 2017, Edinson Volquez no-hit the D-backs.
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Take aggressive leads off third base at your own risk against the Marlins. In the seventh inning, Elieser Hernandez picked Margot off third base with two outs and the Padres in business with runners on second and third. Hernandez threw to Rojas at third, who ran Margot down, applying the tag for the third out. It marked the second time in a week the Marlins have caught a runner off third. Last Tuesday at St. Louis, Urena nabbed Tommy Pham with the help of Rojas.
"It's just nice to see that quality to be able to think out there, because it is part of it," Mattingly said. "We're trying to build something here, but you have to be able to think. Just think how much bigger the moments are going to be, when we are there. It's going to be crazy, it's going to be loud. We're going to be somewhere, and it's the sixth game of something. If you can do stuff like that, and be able to think like that, what an advantage."
HE SAID IT
"It's fun seeing guys. I played against quite a few of those guys at the end of their careers, so that was cool to see. You could feel the buzz around the ballpark. Fans, who are true Marlins fans, who had been Florida Marlins fans, you could see the excitement on their faces to see Livan Hernandez and Juan Pierre and Cliff Floyd. It's fun to see those guys back in the old unis, and it's fun to wear the old unis."
-- Maybin, on the 25th Anniversary Weekend
Wei-Yin Chen is more effective at home than away, and the Marlins hope that continues on Monday when he starts the series opener at 7:10 p.m. ET against the Giants. At Marlins Park, Chen's ERA is 1.06 in 17 innings; on the road, it's 10.31 in 18 1/3 innings. Madison Bumgarner goes for San Francisco.
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.