The Miami Marlins looked like they were on their way to a third straight win before things fell apart in a 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
The Cardinals scored four times in the seventh inning to wipe away a one-run Miami lead. All four of the runs came off of Adam Conley. The prospect is not a candidate to make the team out of spring training and will likely be an early cut. Conley remains a possible option in-season if a need arises.
Jarred Cosart took the ball for the start in what was his first appearance of the year. Cosart gave the Marlins two perfect innings that featured two strikeouts. The right-hander will be a member of the starting rotation to begin the season.
Also pitching in this one for Miami were Jose Urena, Justin Nicolino, and Pat Urckfitz. None are expected to make the team for Opening Day. Out of the group, Nicolino has the best odds of being on the big-league roster at some point in 2015. The top prospect gave up a run in two innings. Nicolino did strike out three batters which is an unusually high number for him.
Mike Morse found the seats for the first time in a Marlins uniform when he hit a home run in the fourth inning. The blast gave Morse three runs batted in so far in the Grapefruit League as the new Marlin is off to a hot start. Ichiro Suzuki also picked up an RBI for Miami in the loss.
Giancarlo Stanton is still looking to find his groove and went 0-2 with a walk. The slugger is hitting .143 thus far in spring training.
The Marlins will take on the New York Mets on Monday with David Phelps scheduled to start for Miami.