MIAMI -- Manager Don Mattingly says the Miami Marlins will find out a lot about their team down the stretch by being in a playoff race for the first time in more than a decade.What theyre learning lately has been discouraging. Sputtering Miami hit into a team-record six double plays Sunday to cap a rough week with a 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres.The Marlins lost two of three to woeful San Diego and went 2-4 on their homestand while scoring only 13 runs, including just one run in the final two games.A couple of duds. Its tough, Mattingly said. Two in a row like this, you feel horrible.Seeking their first playoff berth since 2003, the Marlins begin a seven-game trip Monday at the Mets. Their first-year manager was so wound up by the latest defeat he launched into a five-minute monologue with reporters.As bad as it looks right now in this storm were in, its still doable, Mattingly said. Weve got to grow up, have an approach and be ready to play Monday. We cant go into New York dragging our heads. We have to continue to play. These are things were going to learn about this club. If were going to move forward as an organization, these are the things we have to do.Rookie Luis Perdomo took advantage of the double plays to pitch his first career complete game, and the first this year for the Padres. Perdomo needed only 99 pitches to throw a six-hitter.The most novel DP came in the seventh inning, when Perdomo gave up a one-out single before Ichiro Suzuki lined out to the pitcher, who trotted to first base to double off the runner.A little bit of luck in there, Mattingly said. There were some balls that were hit firm.Five Marlins hit into double plays, and they went 6-4-3, 4-6-3, 6-4-3, 6-3, 1, and 5-4-3. The six DPs were a nine-inning team record for the Padres defensively, and a Marlins batting record.Perdomo lowered his ERA from 6.24 to 5.84 and beat Miami for the second time this year.He commanded his sinker well and got us to ground out, said the Marlins Dee Gordon, who was erased twice on the bases by double plays and hit into a DP. Hats off to him. He pitched a great game and kept us off balance.Justin Nicolino (2-6), making his first start since July 6, gave up three runs in six innings. That included a pair of two-out RBI hits.Two-out pitches youd like to have back, Nicolino said. Those two runs cost us.Nicolino was called up from Triple-A to replace Andrew Cashner, who was scratched because of a finger blister.Doubles by J.T. Realmuto and Xavier Scruggs in the second scored the Marlins run.UP NEXTMarlins: RHP Jose Fernandez (13-7, 2.91) is scheduled to start Monday at the Mets against RHP Rafael Montero (0-0, 11.57) to begin a four-game series. 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Coach Alan Richardson has named Jarryn Geary, David Armitage and Jack Steven as potential leadership replacements after St Kilda AFL legend Nick Riewoldts likely move to hand over the captaincy at the end of this season.The AFLs longest-serving skipper told the Nine Network this week he expected this season would be his last in charge of the Saints, even though it would leave him agonisingly short of a record.I think it is time, he said.I certainly hope between now and the rest of the year someone puts their hand up and takes the job next year.Riewoldt will edge ahead of the late Ted Whitten in third place on the list of all-time games played as an AFL captain when he leads St Kilda for the 213rd time against Essendon on Sunday at Etihad Stadium.He will be on 220 games if he plays every match for the rest of the season, six behind Carltons Steve Kernahan and four short of the Bombers Dick Reynolds.Richardson said Riewoldts decision was a sign of his incredible selflessness.He embraces the role and hes as impressive a leader as Ive ever worked with, he told reporters on Friday.The reality is that its probably getting to that time where we need someone else to come through.ddddddddddddIt would be great for that leader to have Nick at least for another year to work with him so I think something like that will happen.I think he would be disappointed if we hadnt identified someone for 2017 to be our skipper.Richardson said Geary, Armitage and Steven had each shown good leadership when filling in.He also admitted he was not sure when young forward Paddy McCartin would be medically cleared to play again, although it would be this year.Richardson pointed out the shaken Saint had passed the concussion test that would have allowed him to resume last weekend against Gold Coast.All the initial tests are positive. Some of the external tests with neurologists are ongoing, but hes heading in a positive direction, Richardson said.Well be a bit more cautious given its his third one (concussion).Im not sure when Paddy will be back. We think it will be much sooner rather than later and he will play significant footy for us this year. ' ' '
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