As he reflected on his team’s last six days late Sunday afternoon inside his confining Busch Stadium office, Marlins manager Mike Redmond thought about all the missed opportunities that turned this once promising roadtrip into a losing one.
“We were pretty sloppy,” he said of Friday night’s series opener against the Cardinals, “but we were still in the game. [Saturday], we had a chance and let that one slip away.
A couple of missed pitches and a bungled defensive effort on a St. Louis double-steal factored in Miami’s 3-2 loss in the series finale Sunday. Swept all three games this weekend, the defeat closed out a 2-4 showing in the two-city trip. The loss also resulted in the 10th sweep of Miami sweep this season, and the first since early June when the Phillies took all three games at Citizen’s Bank Park.
The Marlins will try to bounce back Monday night when they open a six-game homestand at Marlins Park against the Braves.
“We were the best team in baseball in June,” second baseman Derek Dietrich said. “Hopefully we can keep that rolling here in July.