Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Kansas City2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 692
Miami0 0 2 4 1 2 0 0 x 9110
  W: B. Garrett (2-2)   L: M. Mayers (1-1)   S: D. Floro (7)
3:40 PM PT4:40 PM MT5:40 PM CT6:40 PM ET18:40 ET22:40 GMT6:40 3:40 PM MST5:40 PM EST6:10 PM VEN2:40 UAE (+1)4:40 PM CT, June 5, 2023
loanDepot park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 7,232

Marlins look to keep rolling vs. Royals, another struggling foe

According to STATS
According to STATS

Kansas City Royals at Miami Marlins

  1. The Royals won two of the three games in each of the three series they've played against the Marlins in South Florida (2008, 2016 and 2019).
  2. This will be the Royals' first series against a team with a winning record since May 12-14, when they were swept in a three-game set at Milwaukee. They have a 6-11 record since then. The Royals' last win against a team with a winning record was a 6-0 victory over the Orioles in Kansas City on May 3.
  3. Royals opener Carlos Hernandez has issued no walks while recording 16 strikeouts in 11 innings over his last nine appearances. In his first 15 games this season, Hernandez walked eight batters while striking out 22 in 17.1 innings.
  4. The Marlins are four games over .500 (32-28) for the first time this season and only the second time over the last three seasons (also through April 30, 2022, at 12-8). The last time they were five games over .500 was at 7-2 in 2020.
  5. Luis Arraez has 80 hits and only 11 strikeouts this season, a ratio of 7.27-to-one. Among MLB players with 40 or more hits, the next best hit-to-strikeout ratio this year is by Red Sox rookie Masataka Yoshida at 2.86-to-one (63 hits, 22 strikeouts).
  6. Braxton Garrett allowed 11 runs (all earned), 14 hits and four home runs over 4.1 innings in his loss to the Braves on May 3. Garrett is 0-1 with a 2.67 ERA in his five starts since then (27 innings, eight runs/earned runs, 19 hits, three home runs).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/5/2023 thru 6/7/2023

The Miami Marlins will try to build on their best start to a season in nine years when they host the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a three-game series on Monday night.

The Marlins are coming off their first three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics in team history, and their second sweep of an American League West opponent in the past two weekends after outscoring the Los Angeles Angels 16-7 through three games in Anaheim, Calif.

Going into this season, Miami had not swept an AL West opponent in a series of at least three games since the 2014 season.

That was also the last time the Marlins were at least four games above .500 at the 60-game mark, something they accomplished with their 7-5 come-from-behind win against Oakland on Sunday.

"We're 60 games in with 100-ish games left. I'm happy where we're at," Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said. "I still think we have a lot of ways to get better on all facets of the game, so I'm not comfortable, I'm never comfortable, especially in June."

Garrett Cooper returned to the lineup on Sunday after missing four games and belted a three-run homer to tie the score in the fifth inning.

"Nice to have him back," Schumaker said of Cooper's return. "Nice to have another bat in the lineup that can change the score with one swing. We missed him. There's no doubt about it."

Schumaker also spoke highly of shortstop Joey Wendle, who went 4-for-8 with four runs in the past two games, and first baseman Yuli Gurriel, who went 6-for-13 in the series against Oakland with several key defensive plays.

"He has saved some games over at first, just by picking the ball," Schumaker said of Gurriel. "Both sides of the ball, he's been really good for us, and one of the big leaders on the team that's helped us get to where we are right now."

Miami plans to start left-hander Braxton Garrett on the mound in the series opener.

Garrett (1-2, 4.22 ERA) does not have a decision in his past four starts, despite holding the opposition to two runs or fewer and pitching at least five innings each time.

On Wednesday, Garrett allowed one run and two hits in 5 1/3 innings against the visiting San Diego Padres, but the Marlins didn't score until they got two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win 2-1.

Garrett has never faced Kansas City.

The Royals come to Miami on a high note after blanking the Colorado Rockies 2-0 on Sunday to end a three-game losing streak.

Maikel Garcia belted his first major league home run on Sunday, but the Royals are still searching for offense after producing just nine runs in the past four games.

The Marlins scored 19 in their past two games.

"I'm sure everybody wants to do more," Royals manager Matt Quatraro said. "Nobody likes to lose, and we've lost a lot of games. Guys like to be the leader to help get us out of that."

Right-hander Carlos Hernandez (0-3, 4.76) will serve as the opener for Kansas City on Monday. He has made two starts among his 24 appearances this season.

Hernandez will be making his first appearance against the Marlins.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 5, 2023