Thanks in part to the recent All-Star break, nobody from the Miami Marlins has crossed home plate in eight days. The Flounderng Fish fell 1-0 in 13 innings to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, capping a scoreless weekend at Miller Park and extending their offensive futility longer than manager Mike Redmond can stand it.
The Marlins haven't scored in 37 innings overall, the longest such streak in club history and the longest in the majors since the 1985 Houston Astros, STATS reports via the Associated Press. Miami's offense hasn't produced squat since Derek Dietrich knocked in two runs in the fourth inning of a 10-inning loss to the Washington Nationals on July 14 — just before the break.
The Fish went on a similar streak in 2012.
As reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Redmond finds himself at a loss to explain why his team is at a loss to score:
"To see every single guy in the lineup struggle ... I don't know if I've ever seen that before.
"... We put so much pressure on our pitching to be perfect."
The Marlins have been shut out 12 times this season. It just seems like 12 in a row.
On Sunday, it was pitchers Henderson Alvarez of the Marlins and Wily Peralta of the Brewers putting up zeroes until the bullpens took over. Caleb Gindl of the Brewers ended the suffering with a home run in the 13th against Ryan Webb:
The Marlins have completely forgotten what that feels like. And it's not like they stranded a ton of runners Sunday. Just six. They had a runner at second base with two outs in the ninth, but Francisco Rodriguez pitched around the danger, such as it was.
After a relatively hot finish to the first half, the Fish have gone ice cold. Will they score again? Of course. It's only a matter of when.