The Margin for error for the Miami Marlins at this point of the season is very slim.
The beat that included errors continued for the Marlins.
St. Louis Cardinals rookie Dakota Hudson introduced himself to the Marlins pitching a career-high seven innings Tuesday night.
Scratch the rookie title from the front of his name, Hudson’s performance was impressive as the Cardinals handed the Marlins their sixth consecutive defeat, 7-1.
Hudson (5-3) allowed four hits and one run, struck out six and retired 10 in a row during one stretch for the Cardinals, who have won his past five starts.
Left fielder and ex-Marlin Marcell Ozuna sealed the win with a ninth-inning home run, his 18th. He has a career average of .452 (14 for 31) against his former team.
The Marlins totaled five hits, all singles. They rank last in the majors in runs and have been outscored 31-10 in the past six games.
“The walks lately have been the thing that beat us up a bit lately; we walk in the last game in that Braves series, three in a row tonight,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “I think the walks have been a little bit of something we talked about the other day; we have to be a bit more aggressive in the strike zone, the walks are hurting us right now.”
The sixth inning was a rough one for the Marlins. Cardinals scored off an error and a walk. Breaking a 1-1 tie. Cardinals concluded the top of the sixth with two runs, two hits, and one error.
RHP Jose Urena for the Marlins (lower back tightness) was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday and expected to go on the injured list. The injury surfaced after he threw a bullpen session Monday.
The beat goes on.
For the Cardinals, RHP Miles Mikolas (4-6, 4.54) is scheduled to start the series finale Wednesday when the Cardinals go the for series sweep.
For the Marlins RHP, Jordan Yamamoto, acquired in the Christian Yelich trade in January 2018, is expected to be recalled from Double-A Jacksonville to make his major league debut as Urena’s replacement. Yamamoto is 3-5 with a 3.58 ERA in 12 starts for Jacksonville.