The Miami Marlins stood no chance against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday and struck out 13 times in a 1-0 loss.
Mike Leake dominated the Marlins for the second time this year with eight strong innings. Leake who held Miami to only two hits a month ago, gave up three this time. The Marlins had ten of their strikeouts come while Leake was on the mound.
Three Marlins struck out three times each. The hat trick was picked up by Dee Gordon, Justin Bour and Mike Morse. The trio not only swung and missed a lot, but looked bad at times doing so. None of the three reached base in an ugly game for Miami's offense.
There was one highlight for Miami in the game and it came courtesy of the newest Marlin. Casey McGehee who signed a contract earlier in the day pinch-hit in the eighth inning. After a welcoming ovation from the crowd, McGehee delivered a double that nearly left the park. The knock would have tied the game but instead hit off the wall.
The Marlins were 0-4 with runners in scoring position, and left five men on base. Besides McGehee's double, Miami had three hits and all were singles. Derek Dietrich, Adeiny Hechavarria and Ichiro Suzuki had the other hits.
David Phelps pitched well but took the loss due to Leake's effort. Phelps fell to 4-5 while allowing only one run on five hits in his six innings. This was the first start for Phelps since returning to the starting rotation.
Adam Conley will start for the Marlins on Saturday in place of Mat Latos who has been scratched with a right foot contusion.