The Miami Marlins played two games on Tuesday and they lost both as they fell in Jupiter as well as in Port St. Lucie.
Hosting the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium, the Marlins were blown out 7-1. Jarred Cosart had another rough start and his spring E.R.A ballooned all the way up 8.22. Cosart who will likely be towards the front of Miami's rotation gave up eight hits and four runs in 3.2 innings.
Bryan Morris, Steve Cishek and Vin Mazzaro each gave up a run in relief as well. Cishek did strike out five batters in his two innings however which is an encouraging sign. Mazzaro is in camp as a non-roster invitee but could be running out of time. The veteran will likely end up re-assigned to minor-league camp soon.
The offense was quiet for Miami in this one with Dee Gordon knocking in the only run. Reid Brignac who is trying to make the team as a reserve was 0-3. It was a rare poor day for Brignac who is hitting a robust .412 this spring.
Over at Tradition Field, the other half of the Marlins had a better battle against the New York Mets. The end result was the same however with a 6-4 final that favored the Mets. It featured a five-run eighth inning from New York.
Brad Hand gave Miami four shutout innings to start this one. Hand is out of options and needs to make the team or could end up traded. The left-hander allowed only two hits but did walk three which is an area he has struggled in during his major league career.
Mike Dunn gave up four runs and only retired two batters in the aforementioned eighth inning. Dunn who signed a two-year contract in the off-season has struggled mightily in the spring to the tune of a 13.50 E.R.A.
Michael Morse continued his fine hitting with his second home run and his ninth run batted in. Morse is now hitting .368 this spring and is having possibly the best month of anyone on the team.
The Marlins will only play one game on Wednesday when they host the Washington Nationals at 1:05 p.m.