The Miami Marlins ended a long road trip with a 6-3 loss to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.
Miami had a chance to sweep San Diego, but fell short in the finale. With the defeat, the Marlins ended up going 4-5 on the nine-game trip. It was an unusual stretch of games, that saw the Marlins go from Minnesota to San Diego with a three-day stop in Arizona.
The Marlins are now 34-32 on the year and remain right in the thick of things in the playoff race. Miami is in third place in the National League East, and within striking distance of the second-place New York Mets. With the Mets scheduled to play on Wednesday evening, Miami is only 1.5 games back of the team.
Justin Nicolino was hit hard once again and took the loss. Nicolino allowed ten hits and five runs in 4.2 innings. The right-hander has a 5.17 E.R.A this season to go along with a 2-4 record.
With Giancarlo Stanton receiving another day off, Ichiro Suzuki stepped in and made some history. Suzuki went 2-5 to reach 4,257 hits in his international career. That number passes Pete Rose for the All-Time hits record unofficially. Due to the fact over a thousand of those hits occurred in Japan, Suzuki's total is not recognized as the hits record.
The Marlins will take Thursday off before beginning a homestand on Friday against the Colorado Rockies. Adam Conley will get the ball to begin the series against Colorado.