The final game of a three-game series featuring the Miami Marlins hosting the San Diego Padres had a wrinkle in time before the first pitch. The Marlins as part of their 25th anniversary weekend held an Alumni Softball Game.
Teal team versus Black team, Teal team featured Juan Pierre and Charles Johnson, the Black team featured Charlie Hough and Cliff Floyd.
The Marlins could have used just any of the alumni from either team to help with some offense to close game three of the series hosting the Padres.
It was left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard who stymied the Marlins hitting flirting with the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres’ history, losing his bid with two outs in the seventh inning Sunday during a 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins.
“You dream about it, you see other guys do it, you are aware of it,” Richard said. “It is one of those things you want to be a part of. If you are the one that does it is even better.”
Richard took a shutout into the seventh, but Miguel Rojas grounded a clean single up the middle to spoil Richard’s try, and JT Riddle followed with an RBI single.
The Padres remain the only team in the majors that has never thrown a no-hitter. They have played 7,881 games since starting out in 1969.
Miami native and World Series champion with the Kansas City Royals, Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer as the last-place Padres won a fourth consecutive series for the first time since August 2015. Hosmer hit his eighth home run and went 5 for 12 in the three-game set.
“Really cool for me kind of turn back the clock for me this series,” Hosmer said. “I got to shake Charlie Hough’s hand; I grew up watching his knuckleball when the Marlins first played.”
Padres are last in the NL West however they have won their fourth series in a row.
The Marlins have thrown six no-hitters as a franchise. Today they were swimming along per say.
Jose Urena was the starting pitcher. Unfortunately for Urena coming in, he has taken a step back this year, although some of that has been a function of poor run support. Urena falls to 1-8 and a 4.59 ERA after the loss.
Back to the Alumni game.
Kurt Abbott hit two home runs for Team Teal in a 10-4 win over Team Black in the Marlins alumni softball game. The past will be valuable to the future of this baseball club.