The Florida Marlins have received strong pitching all season.
The Marlins hope for another solid pitching performance as they wrap up a four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Dolphins Stadium.
Marlins pitchers were perfect for more than nine innings and struck out a team-record 22 batters in Florida’s 12-inning, 5-4 win over the Brewers on Wednesday. Starter A.J. Burnett matched his career high and the team record with 14 strikeouts in six innings and Florida pitchers retired 28 consecutive hitters from the third inning on.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this,” manager Jack McKeon said.
The Marlins entered the game ranked third in the NL with a 3.79 ERA. Milwaukee failed to put a runner on base—with only three balls being hit to the outfield—over the final 9 1-3 innings.
“To go 12 innings, and for us not get a hit past the third inning … it’s kind of unbelievable,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said.
Starter Brian Moehler will look to give the Marlins another strong outing. He snapped a five-decision losing streak Saturday, allowing three earned runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 7-3 victory over the New York Mets.
The 33-year-old right-hander had been winless in his previous eight starts, and had not won since May 16. However, he was getting only 1.58 runs per game of support over that span.
“This is one game that we owed him,” Florida’s Paul Lo Duca said. “We owe him a couple more.”
Juan Encarnacion went 3-for-6 and singled in the winning run Wednesday for the Marlins, who have won five of eight.
“It shows that they were throwing good pitches to everybody, and we didn’t make any adjustments,” Milwaukee’s Bill Hall said.