Missed chances costly in Friday’s loss

PHILADELPHIA — The fact Jose Fernandez on Friday night captured the headlines and focuses on the Marlins’ 6-3 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Because Fernandez has become such a sensation, his performance typically garners much of the attention.

There is no denying that it wasn’t vintage Jose Fernandez. The 21-year-old gave up six runs, was hit hard, allowing eight hits and he walked four in four-plus innings. No escaping those numbers.

Still, the reason the Marlins’ losing streak stretched to five games is more than simply an off night from one of the youngest starters in the game.

Missed chances also loomed large.

The final may have been 6-3, but the game had the makings of a shoot out. It could have easily ended up 7-6 or something closer to the 10-7 loss the Marlins suffered at Washington on Wednesday night.

The Marlins had numerous chances to get to Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett, who exited the game after 4 1/3 innings due to tightness in his groin.

When Burnett walked off the mound, he left the bases loaded with one out. Miami was unable to score, which at the time would have tied the game at 3.

Burnett came up big when he had to, but he was in plenty of trouble. He allowed a two-run homer to Derek Dietrich in the second inning. He also scattered five hits and walked six.

With that many men on base, Miami wasn’t at a loss for scoring chances. But they left 10 on base, and went hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Worth noting: During the four game road trip, not only are the Marlins winless, their pitchers have combined for a 7.03 ERA. Opposing hitters have a .298 batting average against Miami pitching. In all, the Marlins pitchers have thrown 32 innings on the road trip, and they have allowed 28 runs, with 25 earned. They’ve logged 32 strikeouts and walked 18.

Joe Frisaro

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