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Marlins stage comeback, still fall to Padres

May 30, 2018

SAN DIEGO -- The slider is a go-to pitch for Dan Straily, and the veteran right-hander didn't hesitate using it in hopes of getting the elusive third out in the sixth inning. But the pitch didn't fool Franmil Reyes, who belted a two-run home run that rallied the Padres to

SAN DIEGO -- The slider is a go-to pitch for Dan Straily, and the veteran right-hander didn't hesitate using it in hopes of getting the elusive third out in the sixth inning. But the pitch didn't fool Franmil Reyes, who belted a two-run home run that rallied the Padres to a 9-5 win over the Marlins on Tuesday at Petco Park.
The big blast was the biggest mistake of the night for Straily, who threw a season-high 108 pitches, with 38 of them sliders. Reyes was all over the 85 mph, 3-1 slider, and deposited into the seats in left-center.
The no-doubt blast, according to Statcast™, projected at 442 feet, with an exit velocity of 109.8 mph.
"Slider outer-edge, 3-1 count," Straily said. "Pretty clear he was probably sitting on that pitch at that point, the way he hit it and how far he hit it. Tip your cap, move on. He beat me right there."

With the game out of hand in the ninth inning, JT Riddle delivered an inside-the-park home run on a liner to center that got by a diving Manuel Margot. Riddle sped around the bases.
"It felt like my first Major League hit all over again," said Riddle, who was 0-for-11 since being called up last week from Triple-A New Orleans. "It's good to get that first one out of the way. Now, I'll be able to relax, and not put pressure on myself."
After winning the series opener, 7-2, on Monday, the Marlins were in position to take the second game, coming back from three runs down to grab the lead in the sixth inning. Miami scored three times in the sixth, with J.T. Realmuto delivering an RBI triple, Brian Anderson slapping a run-scoring single and J.B. Shuck lacing an RBI double.

Straily had settled down after allowing three runs in the first inning, and kept the Padres off the board until the sixth inning. He got into trouble at the start of the inning when Eric Hosmer doubled. Miami's defense erased Hosmer, who was trying to advance to third on Jose Pirela's grounder to short. But with two outs, Reyes belted his third homer of the season, and the second in as many games against the Marlins.
The Padres struck quickly off Straily in the first inning, stringing together three straight singles, including Hosmer's RBI hit to center, which scored a second run on rookie Lewis Brinson's error.

The Padres broke the game open with four runs in the eighth.
"Obviously, we get down early," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "But a game we kind of kept going, got one back, and then we got the big inning there. We really had a chance to get out of that. … It just looked like he left one up there for [Reyes]."
Even after falling behind by a run in the sixth, the Marlins were in it until the Padres broke things open with four runs in the eighth. Tayron Guerrero was charged with all four runs, with three earned, on two hits and two walks, before he gave way to Adam Conley.

Guerrero has been effective for most of the season, but he's had a couple of rough outings on the road over the past nine days. On May 20 at Atlanta, in a 10-9 loss to the Braves, he gave up two runs and two walks without recording an out.
"I don't know if it is when he gets jacked up or what, but those really are the only games he's had trouble in," Mattingly said.
Riddle's inside-the-park home run was the first by a Marlin since Realmuto at Philadelphia on Aug. 24, 2017.
Need more examples of why Realmuto is among the best catchers in the Majors? The second inning comes to mind. With a runner on second and one out, the speedy Travis Jankowski tested the quickness of Realmuto on a bunt-for-a-hit attempt. Jankowski dropped the bunt up the third-base line, and Realmuto sprung up the third-base line. Jankowski's speed from home-to-first base was 3.58 seconds, according to Statcast™. That's the sixth fastest home-to-first time in MLB this season, and the fastest by the Padres. But Realmuto, with a throw of 81.2 mph, got him.

"You can't even get excited about that anymore," Straily said. "You see J.T. do that so many times, it's almost like guys, their bubble to be safe on a bunt is to crush it down the third-base line. I've been watching that guy do that for a year-and-a-half now, and he's been so good on those bunts."
Realmuto didn't make the only standout defensive play for Miami. In the fifth inning, Brinson went all out and made a diving catch to rob Padres pitcher Tyson Ross of extra bases. According to Statcast™, Brinson's catch was a 4-star play, as he had just a 34 percent catch probability. It was Brinson's sixth 4-star catch of the season.

"I'm not sure how Brinson made that play with Ross hitting," Straily said. "That was pretty unbelievable."
Brinson made that highlight play, but also committed two errors.

"I had one in high school, and I actually had to juke the catcher to score on that one. The catcher caught the ball and I kind of Euro stepped him, and he went one way and I dove around him." -- Riddle, on his high school inside-the-park home run
There isn't much mystery with Jose Urena. The Marlins ace, who makes his 12th start on Wednesday at 10:10 p.m. ET against the Padres, goes against Clayton Richard. Urena has been on the attack this season. According to Stats Pass, he's throwing first-pitch strikes (61.7 percent) and hitters are swinging 30.7 percent of the time.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.