The Miami Marlins entered play Wednesday three games under .500, trying to avoid a sweep from the Dodgers.
The Marlins lost an 11-1 blowout yesterday, which the Marlins’ only run came on a mammoth home run from Giancarlo Stanton. In case you somehow missed it, Stanton hit a home run that literally went out of Dodger Stadium, something that only four other players have ever accomplished. That was really the only positive out of last night’s game or really the last three games.
Steve Cishek was demoted from his closer role after blowing two straight saves against the Giants and the Dodgers. If Cishek had closed those games out the Marlins were guaranteed a .500 or better road trip but you can’t erase the past and all the Marlins could do was move on.
Jarred Cosart took the mound for the Fish. Cosart was looking to forget about his last outing where he got rocked by the Giants. He pitched well for until the fourth inning, where he started to become a little wild. He threw a wild pitch which led to Alex Guerrero scoring. The fifnth inning is where it went really bad for the Marlins with Andre Ethier on first and former Marlin Enrique Hernandez batting, Cosart gave Hernandez a nice ball to hit and that’s exactly what Hernandez did with it, hitting a monster slam to left field. Just two batters later Joc Pederson, the Dodgers rookie sensation was up and he too hit a bomb for his 10th of the year. Cosart would then leave with an injury which is now being identified has a hamstring strain. His final line was 5.1 IP, five hits and four earned runs with four strikeouts.
The Marlins scored early in the third on an RBI groundout by Stanton. Miami would pick up another run in the fourth when Cosart helped out his own cause and hit an RBI single, giving the pitcher his first hit on the season.
In the top of the seventh the Marlins found themselves losing 4-2 and on the verge of being swept but a late rally would stop that. The Marlins got the bases loaded due to three singles by Adeiny Hechavarria, a bunt single by Ichiro Suzuki and Dee Gordon who had a four hit game and is batting .426 on the year. Martin Prado would hit a single and driving in Hechavarria. Stanton was now up with the bases loaded again and came through for the Fish, singling on a line drive to center field scoring Ichiro and Gordon.
So now, its the bottom of the ninth and the Marlins are getting ready to try and close out the game. With Cishek being demoted they handed the ball to A.J. Ramos, who would be looking to get his first career MLB save. Ramos would pitch a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a pair and giving the Marlins the 5-4 win and locking up a 4-6 road trip.
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