The Marlins won without the benefit of any runs batted in

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This is odd and fun. Not as uncommon as you might expect, but still uncommon enough not to go unnoticed and unremarked upon. The Marlins, 3-2 winners over the Dodgers yesterday, had no runs batted in.

Miami scored two runs in the first inning, first on an Andre Ethier throwing error and then on a Clayton Kershaw wild pitch. Their third and final run scored on a Joc Pederson error in the second.

According to Redditor jigokusabre, This marks the 32nd time a team scored three or more runs with no runs batted in since 1954.  The most runs scored in that time in which none were officially batted in was with five, which the Reds did in a 1971 game against the Astros. Four teams have score four runs with zero RBI, the most recent coming when the White Sox did it to the Mariners in 1995. The last time a team scored three runs without an RBI came in 2008, in which the Orioles did in a loss.

And this isn’t the first time the Marlins have done it: they scored three runs without an RBI in a 4-3 loss to the Reds in 2005.

 

Padres fire Andy Green

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The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.

Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:

I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.

In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.

“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”

Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.

For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.