MILWAUKEE The Marlins on Saturday wore reproductions of 1956 Miami Marlins uniforms, the same one the iconic Satchel Paige wore during his three seasons with the Triple-A International League outfit.
Nathan Eovaldi didn’t come close to channeling him. He turned in one of the worst starts of his young career in a 6-0 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park. In just four innings the Brewers torched Eovaldi for six runs on 10 hits, including a pair of homers, in the series-clinching victory.
The offense was no better than the starting pitching. For the second straight game the Marlins failed to score. Dating back to the first-half ending 5-2 loss to the Nationals, the Marlins have logged 24 consecutive scoreless innings.
“In all honesty I thought we came out flat these first two games,” manager Mike Redmond said. “Offensively, we’re not getting anything going. We’re getting completely shut down. We’re not getting guys on base. We’re not getting big hits.
“I know guys out there are trying, but at the same time too man, hey let’s go. This is July.”
The Marlins began the season on a similar run. The Nationals shut them out in 19 straight innings before Justin Ruggiano homered in the second inning of the third game. The club record for consecutive scoreless innings is 30, set last Aug. 12-15.
Saturday marked the fourth time in 34 career starts Eovaldi surrendered six or more runs. Two of those came during a 32-pitch first, when the Brewers sent eight men to the plate, the first four of whom reached on hits.
"Most of the counts I was behind," Eovaldi said. "And then the fastball was up in the zone. It's hard to pitch that way...I have to go after those guys and attack them better."
Eovaldi pitched a perfect second and retired the leadoff man in the third when Jonathan Lucroy hit the first of two Brewers homers off him. Lucroy received a little help. He drove a pitch to right that went in and out of Giancarlo Stanton’s glove before trickling over the fence.
“I thought it was a homer,” Stanton said. “I thought it was over already, but it would have hit the top [of the fence]. At least it wasn’t off the top of my head like [Jose] Canseco. It could have changed the game. We still played like crap, but little things like that are momentum changers.”
Lucroy entered the game 6-for-14 (.429) off Marlins’ pitching in 2013. He raised that average to .556 after going 4-for-4 Saturday.
In the fourth, Rickie Weeks opened with a bomb off the back of the black hitters’ eye in center to ignite a three-run, five-hit barrage. The only other time Eovaldi allowed 10 hits in a game was June 25, 2012 pitching for the Dodgers versus the Giants.
In Friday’s loss, Jacob Turner allowed two home runs as well. Marlins’ starters had not logged consecutive multi-homer games since Tom Koehler and Kevin Slowey on June 2 (Mets) and June 3 (at Phillies), respectively.
On only two occasions since May 18 had a Marlins’ starter blown up to the tune of six earned runs. Slowey gave up six to the Mets on June 2 and the Cardinals on June 15 hung nine on Koehler.
Dating back to last season, Eovaldi had strung together a career-high eight consecutive quality starts, including five in a row since coming off the disabled list last month. Eovaldi’s ERA ballooned from 2.93 to 4.15 after the 83-pitch outing.
“I didn’t expect us to come out these two days and play like this,” Redmond said. “I thought we’d come out energized and ready to go, and we got the exact opposite. For me, that’s unacceptable.”
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