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Double-A LHP Andrew Heaney's scoreless streak snapped Tuesday in no-hit loss

Andrew Heaney has had a spectacular July that was recognized Wednesday when he was named the Marlins' Minor League Pitcher of the Month.

But his 33-inning scoreless streak came to an emphatic halt Tuesday night as did Double A Jacksonville's 11-game winning streak when the Suns were no-hit by Cubs prospect Eric Jokisch.

Heaney gave up three runs on four hits in the first and ended up yielding five earned runs in a start that lasted only three innings. It was the first runs given up by Heaney since June 29.

Second baseman Avery Romero, the Marlins' third-round pick in 2012, was named the Marlins Minor League Player of the Month.

The start of Wednesday's game was delayed due to rain.

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Redmond said first baseman Casey Kotchman, out since June 9 with a strained left oblique, was close to playing some rehab games.

Starting lineups

Marlins (43-68): Yelich lf, Lucas 3b, Stanton rf, Morrison 1b, Solano 2b, Hechavarria ss, Marisnick cf, Brantly c, Koehler rhp.

Pirates (68-44): Marte lf, Walker 2b, McCutchen cf, Alvarez 3b, Martin c, Jones 1b, Harrison rf, Mercer ss, Morton rhp.

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Stan M

Granted he has never been compared to Johnny Bench, but I don't remember Brantly being this bad last year. I wonder if the pitchers are now afraid to bury a curveball for fear he'll let it get by. As long as Red refuses to hit for Mathis in the late innings and Brantly is awful defensively, this team has a major problem behind the plate. This must be addressed if this team wants to move forward next year. The only worthwhile free agents will be Brian McCann and that Salty guy in Boston. I wonder if we could pry LeCroy (he's not making a fortune yet) from the Brewers for Brantly, Koehler, Coghlan (if he shows well)and Nicolino. We now have the prospects to make a significant move, it doesn't have to be the guys I mentioned. What is upsetting to me is that when the team signed Buck, Russell Martin was also available and he signed for less money and less years. Ouch!

Flav C.

Stan,

Brantly has less than 100 games in the majors. Last season everyone said "he was the one". And now he became a bust.

How can perception change with a little bit more than 50 games this season?

Stan M

Flav, as I'm sure you know the perception was that he was an offensive catcher. Keith Law literally termed him horrible. This year he really looks horrible and is hurting the team. He needs to hone his skills in the minors. I will grant that he didn't look this bad last year. You are a knowledgeable fan and you must see that he is not ready to be an everyday catcher on a team that wants to contend. In my opinion, we have a good shot at 3rd place next year; but not with him catching at the skill level he is displaying right now.I wouldn't be surprised if other pitchers feel as Nolasco did and don't like to pitch to him.

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