It rained, but that did not take away from the retro atmosphere indoors.
The Miami Marlins began this weekend celebrating the 25th anniversary of their first season; the San Diego Padres were in town visiting.
So far so good on Friday, shutting out the Padres 4-0 in their retro Florida Marlins uniforms.
On Saturday, the Marlins sent right-hander Dan Straily on the mound against Padres right-hander Tyson Ross.
Straily did not have a retro state of mind when he was hit around the right side of his chest by Eric Hosmer’s line drive in the second at-bat of the game. Straily slumped to the mound and grimaced in discomfort. Marlins trainers treated him before Straily took a few practice pitches and resumed pitching.
Strailey lasted 3 2/3 innings, allowed nine hits and four runs.
Travis Jankowski hit a go-ahead bases-loaded single in the eighth inning to lift the Padres over the Marlins 5-4 on Saturday.
“If there was any doubt that I was not 100% then I am not going to stay on the mound,” Straily said. “If something is wrong I am not doing stay out there. It is not about trying to be a tough guy, have a lot of pride and that stuff, if you are able to pitch you keep pitching.”
Marlins rallied from a 4-1 deficit with a three-run sixth inning that chased starter Ross. Derek Dietrich hit a leadoff homer, and Justin Bour scored from third on a wild pitch by Stammen. Brian Anderson scored from second on second baseman Jose Pirela’s fielding error.
Ross pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowed four runs and six hits.
Marlins Park was cooking with, then ran out of it.
After the sixth, the fish could not get another run on the board. Jankowski’s line drive hit with two outs off reliever Drew Rucinski that scored Hunter Renfroe, who had reached on a two-out double and advanced following walks to Raffy Lopez, and Matt Szczur was all the Padres needed to even the series going into the finale Sunday.
The energy was active with the return of old players from the Marlins organization in attendance. The atmosphere had a throwback scoreboard and the teal color covering up the park, along with the original Florida Marlins logo giving the team a lift.
“It is good to bring those guys back, part of our history and it is good for those guys,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “It shows you want them around, they are part of this family and it is good to have it both ways to have those guys around and show we appreciate.”
Despite the celebration, the Marlins (23-41) are still in last place in the National League East.
With his first win of the season Tuesday in St. Louis out the way, Jose Urena (1-7, 4.60) will start the series finale Sunday. Urena lost his seventh decision in a six-inning, one-run allowed outing against the Padres on May 30.
For the Padres: Clayton Richard (4-6, 4.67 ERA) will start against Miami on Sunday. The Padres have won four of Richards’ last five starts, including a 3-2 victory on May 30 in which he got a no-decision.