Marlins looks to shake June struggles

Marlins looks to shake June struggles

Marlins looks to shake June struggles
ST. PETERSBURG -- Slumping this June may be more coincidence than trend.

A year ago, the Marlins went 5-23 in June, experiencing their worst month in club history.

Entering Friday night at Tampa Bay, Miami was 3-9 in the month, coming off a 1-8 homestand.

"When we hit, we don't pitch. When we pitch, we don't hit," left fielder Logan Morrison said. "I think it's probably one of those things. I think baseball is a long season and it's a coincidence that it's happened in June two years in a row. But it's happened in April before."

The Marlins have been up and down all year. They went 8-14 in April, and followed that up by winning a club record 21 games in May.

In the homestand, they were outscored 56-17.

"When there are runners on base, you've got to hit," Morrison said. "That's a big part of what we are lacking. Also, getting more opportunities with runners in scoring position. The more opportunities you get, the more runs you are going to score. I think getting guys on first, and then getting them in. There is really no secret."