Offensive consistency eluding Marlins

May 16th, 2021

LOS ANGELES -- The Marlins’ bats seemed to have clicked in the series opener against the Dodgers on Friday, despite the loss.

After going scoreless against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw through three innings, the offense managed to string together six runs on five hits before the lefty’s exit as the Marlins made an early Dodgers rout into a three-run ballgame.

But Saturday was a different night, and a different Cy Young Award winner was on the mound for the opposition at Chavez Ravine.

Offense was hard to come by for the Marlins, who were fanned 10 times by Dodgers starter Trevor Bauer in Saturday’s 7-0 loss. They managed to reach base a total of five times, with Miguel Rojas and starting pitcher , who hit his first career single, as the only ones to get a hit.

“I was just trying to find a fastball and hit it somewhere,” said Holloway, who went three-plus innings, allowing two runs and walking four. “That’s honestly it. I was just trying to do something with something. [Bauer] had everything working tonight. I was just hoping he would throw me a fastball and he did. I was just trying to hit it.”

It was the fourth time Miami has been shut out this season, with the last offensive no-show coming in a 1-0 ballgame against the Giants on April 18. Over the last eight games, getting the bats going has been a struggle for the Marlins, as they’ve averaged 2.8 runs per game in that span and have combined for a .255 OBP as a team.

Miami struggled to find any offense all night. The Marlins’ leadoff hitters struck out to start each of the first four innings, and the night was capped by a softly hit ground ball from .

Following Cooper’s one-out single in the fourth, the Marlins failed to put anyone on base against Bauer. It wasn’t until ’s leadoff walk in the eighth inning against Dodgers reliever Garrett Cleavinger that the Marlins snapped the 11-batter on-base drought.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Bauer’s repertoire was an issue for his ballclub all night.

"He's got the fastball with extreme movement. The cutter with extreme movement and spin. The curveball [is] the same,” said Mattingly. “So yeah, he was pretty good tonight."

Amid the offensive struggles, the Marlins could be getting a key piece of their lineup back on Sunday, as rejoined the team in Los Angeles on Saturday. Chisholm was hitting .290 with a .926 OPS before he was sidelined with a left hamstring strain on April 28.

Chisholm worked through his rehab assignment for Triple-A Jacksonville and went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs on Friday. Though he was back with the team on Saturday, he was not activated from the injured list ahead of the ballgame.

“We haven’t made a move yet, so obviously we wouldn’t announce anything,” Mattingly said. “But obviously, we feel like he’s healthy, or he wouldn’t be here.”