Miami Marlins starter Jose Urena threw a gem against the Philadelphia Phillies, allowing only one earned run and striking out seven in seven innings of work as the Fish took care of their hated National League East rival on Labor Day. Urena improved to 5-12 on the season and the Marlins will try to sweep the quick two game set as the teams face off again Tuesday.
Urena went through the first inning with no issues, retiring all three batters he faced while striking out two. In his second inning of work, it seemed like he was poised for another 1-2-3 inning being able to get Wilson Ramos to strike out and Nick Williams to ground out However Urena finally made his first real mistake as Asdrubal Cabrera came up to the plate and crushed a 0-2 changeup that floated down the middle of the plate for a solo homerun.
The Marlin’s bats came right back to get that run back in the second inning. Derek Dietrich led off the second inning with a triple which gave Lewis Brinson the opportunity to put the Marlins on the board, and Brinson took advantage by driving in Dietrich on an RBI single to center field. Austin Dean kept the inning alive lining a double to left-center field moving Brinson to third. Rafael Ortega came up with the chance to put the Marlins ahead after Urena struck out. Ortega did just that by lining a single to left field driving in Brinson and Dean to take a 3-1 lead over the Phillies.
The rest of the game went by with relatively no trouble for Urena who would go on to strike out another five to finish with those seven strikeouts. The Marlins’ bullpen allowed no hits after Urena exited the game. Adam Conley pitched a scoreless eighth inning inducing one fly ball and two ground balls to finish his outing.
Drew Steckenrider would get the ninth inning along with a save opportunity. Steckenrider got Roman Quinn to fly out softly to right fielder Magneuris Sierra for the first out of the ninth. The hard throwing reliever would then get two of Philadelphia’s power bats in Carlos Santana and Odubel Herrera to strike out swinging to secure the win and his third save of the season.