The Miami Marlins spoiled Jackie Robinson Day for the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, as they clinched their first series win of the young season with a 6-2 victory at Turner Field.
Not only was it the anniversary of Robinson’s landmark major league debut, but also Adeiny Hechavarria‘s birthday. The now-26-year-old celebrated with his first home run of the season, sending a #42 Eric Stults offering into the left field seats for a two-run shot. #42 Hechavarria had a fantastic day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored.
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#42 Michael Morse also connected on his first home run of 2015 in support of #42 Dan Haren, who tossed seven innings of two-run ball. In his second Marlins start, Haren whiffed five, walked two and surrendered a pair of solo home runs, courtesy of #42 Cameron Maybin and #42 Kelly Johnson. Haren’s ERA stands at 2.08 for the season.
#42 J.T. Realmuto made his season debut, and the 24-year-old answered the call by going 2-for-3 with a walk and a double off Stults.
#42 Giancarlo Stanton, coming off his best game of the season on Tuesday night, looked lost at the plate. Stanton went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, and is hitting an even .200 on the year.
#42 Ichiro Suzuki got the start in left field for the second straight day in place of an ailing #42 Christian Yelich, and once again did absolutely nothing hitting (inexplicably) second in the lineup. Ichiro went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
All told, the Marlins recorded eight hits on Wednesday. The two-through-four in the lineup combined to go 0-for-11 with three strikeouts, but were bailed out by the surging seven and eight hitters, Realmuto and Hechavarria. Eight hits is not an impressive figure by any means, but the bats were lifeless in all but one game of the opening homestand, so today’s game was another baby step in the right direction.
The Braves mustered just three hits in the rubber match.
It wasn’t a save situation, but #42 Steve Cishek tossed a perfect ninth to get some much-needed work in. Miami’s closer struck out Kelly Johnson to end the game, but still hasn’t recorded a save in 2015.
Hey, it’s only mid-April. Stanton is going to get it going one of these days (we keep saying that, because it’s true. It has to be!) For now, despite the $325 million man’s struggles, and lack of home runs as a whole (today the Marlins hit their second and third homers as a team), we’ll take the series win. The Marlins improve to 3-6 on the season, and now look toward Citi Field, where they begin a four game set with the vulnerable New York Mets Thursday night.
Happy Jackie Robinson Day, Marlins fans.
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