The Marlins nearly redeemed themselves after last night’s crushing loss to the Reds. Late inning antics ruin yet another Trevor Richards gem."WhiteFanposts Sections News & RumorsAnalysisPodcastsProspects & DraftGame CoverageFull ArchiveMasthead Social Marlins Players on TwitterFish Stripes on InstagramMarlins Media Members Fish Stripes Best of 2018 Marlins StoriesScheduleRosterStatsCommunity Guidelines StubHub 鉁昅iami Marlins Game CoverageMarlins lose late off the long ball again Miguel Andujar Jersey , fall in series to Cincinnati New,9commentsThe Marlins nearly redeemed themselves after last night’s crushing loss to the Reds. Late inning antics ruin yet another Trevor Richards gem.EDTShareTweetShareShareMarlins lose late off the long ball again, fall in series to Cincinnati David Kohl-USA TODAY SportsAt one point in tonight’s match-up against the Reds, TrevorRichards threw a fastball slightly too high. The ump correctly called it a ball, Richards slapped himself in the chest, and from that point I knew the Marlins were going to win this game.Richards looked relentless coming off of last night’s embarrassing blowout.Something about the way he drew up tonight’s formula looked almost poetic. Like it had a meter and rhythm to it. Top-to-bottom, the Reds struggled with Richards’ refrain of up-top fastballs and his signature, devastating changeup. Unfortunately, all that would be for nothing thanks to a poor performance by Drew Steckenrider and some seriously silent bats. Richards’ biggest struggle throughout his young career has been the first inning, and tonight looked like it would be no different. Dropping several early-count breaking balls in the dirt, he racked up 25 pitches and was only saved by a great defensive play courtesy of Lewis Brinson. That throw from Brinson, while impressive, was also aided by the fact that Joey Votto is now 35 and slower than a month of Sundays. TylerMahle took the bump for the Reds tonight and overall had a strong outing. Over the course of five innings Tim Tebow Jersey , he gave up two hits and four walks. Only Neil Walker’s third inning homerun marred his score sheet, but it wouldn’t make a difference by the end of the game.Despite the Redlegs throwing out a bullpen of guys I definitely had to Google, the Marlins managed a catatonic three hits and 14 strikeouts.Gather round now, let’s chat about Lewis Brinson.Just to get this off my chest, I’ve currently got on a Brinson shirt. While that doesn’t mean I’m taking off the shirt, I’ll not tolerate any slander...yet. Tonight was Brinson’s career hat trick Golden Sombrero. If you aren’t well-versed in the legalese of what constitutes a G.S., Dear Reader it is definitely not the “fun vodka aunt on an overdue Tijuana vacation” head vessel that it sounds like it might be.It means he struck out four times in tonight’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. In the 2nd, 4th, 6th, and as the penultimate batter of this godforsaken game, he was painfully sent packing. Hopefully, tomorrow’s early start at the Great American Launching Pad will give him an opportunity to break out of his egregiously long power slump.Jared Hughes entered in the top of the 6th inning for the Reds with a 4.59 ERA, and immediately utilized that characteristic sinking fastball that helped him such earn high praise towards the end of last season. It only took him four Fish to pass the torch to Amir Garrett.Garrett took over and quickly accumulated what seemed to be a grim situation. With Curtis Granderson at the plate Jay Bruce Jersey , Rosell Herrera managed to record only the fourth stolen base of the early season for the Marlins. Regardless of the minor success in getting a man in scoring position, Granderson would strike out on the next pitch to close out the inning.Despite looking ready to close out the game and tie the series in Cincy, DrewSteckenrider was haunted from the specter of last night’s long ball. Ugh.The Reds and Marlins will wrap things up tomorrow with a matinee finale. Kicking things off at 12:35 ET, Pablo L贸pez will be the first lefty starter that the Reds have faced so far this season. My favorite (only?) oxymoronic player, Sonny Gray, will take the bump for the Reds with a 2.89 ERA over 9.1 IP. Hopefully the Fish can salvage something out of this road trip before heading back to the safe, distant outfield walls of Marlins Park to meet up with the Philadelphia Phillies. FanGraphs.comMarlins vs. Reds Box Score (MLB.com)Fish Picks Answer Key1). Richards2). Under3). Under4). NOPE5). Reds Texas will still be looking for its first run of the series when the Rangers and the playoff-hopeful Tampa Bay Rays square off Wednesday afternoon at Globe Life Park in Arlington for the finale of their three-game set.The Rangers will send left-hander Yohander Mendez (2-1, 3.86) to the mound while Tampa Bay has not announced a starter and will likely go with the “opener” strategy that Rays manager Kevin Cash has popularized this season.The Rangers lost 4-0 on Tuesday to Tampa Bay’s Cy Young Award candidate Blake Snell a night after a streak of 106 home games without being shut out ended with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Tyler Glasnow and three relievers.Article continues below ...Until Monday, Texas was the only major league team that hadn’t been shut out at home this season. They’ve gone 21 innings without scoring a run.“The two guys we faced the past two games have been very tough and had plus-breaking pitches they can throw for strikes,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said. “You don’t like (not scoring runs) but I still have faith in this offense. We needed to do something early and couldn’t anything done.”Ji-Man Choi has been a big part of the Rays’ surge that’s seen them win 13 of their past 16 contests.The Rays are 5 1/2 games behind Oakland for a wild card spot after Oakland’s 9-7 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. Tampa Bay has 12 games to play.On Monday in a 3-0 win over Texas, Choi hit his eighth homer in 43 games covering 146 at-bats since getting called up July 11 after being acquired from the Brewers for Brad Miller, who has since been released. Projected over a full season, Choi could rip off 30 dingers http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tim-tebow-jersey , and he a permanent fixture in the middle of the Rays lineup.“I keep telling myself to focus on every at-bat and do what I can do, do my best, and the results will follow,” Choi told the Tampa Bay Times through a Korean interpreter on the phone. “I just keep doing what I have to do at the plate.”On Tuesday, Choi had a hit, a walk and a run-scoring ground out in three plate appearancesCash said Choi’s been locked in, even hitting the ball hard to all parts of the park when he’s not recording hits.“He’s been hot, and now it seems like he’s getting big hits for a couple weeks,” Cash said. “I know how you can project numbers and I think it’s fair to say if he got consistent at-bats that you could see some pretty damaging numbers.”The 23-year-old Mendez will make his sixth appearance and fourth start of the season. It will be his 15th major league appearance and fourth big league start overall.Mendez has gone 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in his last three games (two starts) and will be working on four days’ rest after earning the relief win in Rangers’ 4-0 shutout victory Friday at San Diego. He has never faced Tampa Bay.