Miami Marlins Recap: Shelby Miller Leads Braves to Sweep of Marlins
The Miami Marlins haven’t started the season how they imagined they would. After an embarrassing first two games for the Fish, the Marlins and Braves were right back at it Wednesday at Marlins Park. The Marlins sent out Tom Koehler and the Braves sent out Shelby Miller who was making his debut.
The game was a pitchers duel throughout the first 6 innings until A.J. Pierzynki belted a two run blast off of Koehler in the 7th inning.
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Giancarlo Stanton went 0-3 with a walk and struck out 3 times. He flashed the leather though, making an outstanding diving catch which resulted in a double play at first base.
The Marlins were good defensively all night with three highlight reel plays, the aforementioned Stanton play, a play in which Christian Yelich threw out Alberto Callaspo who was trying to stretch a single into a double, and one in the top of the 9th, with Marcell Ozuna making a nice sliding catch.
The Marlins offense was once again non-existent. The Marlins have only scored three runs in their first three games.
Besides the homer, Tom Koehler pitched well for the Marlins going 6 innings, allowing 5 hits and two earned runs. After giving up the home run, A.J. Ramos came into relief and retired the three Braves he faced in the 7th. Bryan Morris and Mike Dunn pitched the final two innings, allowing just 1 hit over the final two frames.
The Marlins will have an off day tomorrow before opening a series vs the Rays.
The Braves, who didn’t have much expectations heading into the season, got an Opening Series sweep of the Marlins. Shelby Miller pitched well in his first game in a Braves’ uniform going 5 innings and giving up 4 hits and no runs.
The Braves bullpen was phenomenal all series long, giving up no one runs on Monday and Wednesday. They got all of their runs from A.J. Pierzynski.
Jason Grilli got the save, his second of the series, for the Braves.
The Braves return home to open a three game series vs the Mets on Friday.