The Miami Marlins have scored one run in their last two games following a 3-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.
The quiet offense has been a combination of great pitching from Washington and poor at-bats from Miami. After a string of games with impressive hit totals, Miami has struggled to get anything going. Miami had only five hits in this one and only one went for extra bases.
Prior to this drought of offense, the Marlins were collecting hits well on a daily basis. Miami was struggling with runners in scoring position however and missed opportunities to increase leads. Those situations are a big reason why the Marlins find themselves with a record of 4-9 at this point.
Derek Dietrich hit his first home run of the season while making a spot start at first base. Dietrich has appeared mostly as a pinch-hitter thus far and is hitting .417. With his solid production and versatility, the 26-year old could begin to see more spot starts around the field.
Wei-Yin Chen pitched well, but took the loss due to the lack of run support. Chen went seven innings and allowed three runs on six hits. The lefty struck out seven and walked two. Chen now has an 0-1 record to go along with a 4.91 E.R.A on the season.
Miami will try to split the series when Tom Koehler gets the ball in the home-stand finale. Washington will send Max Scherzer to the mound.