SEATTLE -- What a June for the Marlins, who lost for the 21st time this month here at Safeco Field earlier tonight. In case you were wondering, that's a new franchise record for losses in one month, and they still have five more games to go before they can close the book on it..
"It's really unbelievable," said Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco, who was nearly flawless for six innings before the Mariners broke through. "It's an amazing stretch we're going through right now. We've got to find a way to get out of this."
They've been saying that for a few weeks now inside the increasingly somber Marlins clubhouse. The Marlins have now done a complete reversal, going from 10 games over .500 with a 30-20 record on May 28 to 10 games under .500 with their current 33-43 record. They are 2-21 in June.
Not even the funkiness of this "home" series snapped the Marlins out of their funk. Mike Stanton never put wood on the ball, wearing the Golden Sombrero by striking out in each of his four at bats. On the flip side, John Buck reached base each of his first three trips to the plate despite never putting the ball in place. Twice he was hit by Felix Hernandez pitches and once he reached on a strikeout and wild pitch.
The Marlins managed only two hits off Hernandez, who hit three batters.
"You can't very well win too many games with two hits," said manager Jack McKeon. "We had more hit batsmen than we had hits."