Coming into this series, all I could think of was Dan Jennings.
Not because I was staying at a Holiday Inn Express while watching the game, and not even because Justin Nicolino was pitching instead of Andrew Heaney. But simply because for the second year in a row, the Miami Marlins were kicking off a home series against the Arizona Diamondbacks after having just undergone significant changes to the team.
Last year, Jennings would make his debut against them, only to go on to be swept in a four game set. This year, the home crowd got their first look at the sans-Dee Gordon Fish against that same opponent.
If nothing else, a sweep is out of the cards, thanks to Miami’s Ichiro-powered 7-4 victory Tuesday night at Marlins Park.
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On his own t-shirt night no less, Ichiro Suzuki made sure he got the most out of the 2,947th hit of his career, knocking in two runs on a pinch-hit single to give the Marlins the lead.
Nicolino didn’t have his best stuff, but kept his club in the game, giving up four runs across six innings, which was good enough to earn the win thanks to Ichiro’s heroics and another stellar night from the back of Miami’s revamped bullpen. On the offensive side of the ledger, the hits were scarce, but nearly every one counted. Not a single Marlins player recorded a multi-hit night, and Giancarlo Stanton was kept quiet for the first time in over a week, but they did just enough to pull back over .500 heading into tomorrow night’s Jose Day matchup.
And now we Stat Wrap:
- First time this year the Marlins won when they were outhit.
- Ichiro Watch: Game winning, two-run, career hit #2,947.
- Prado Watch: Still going. He starts, he hits. Under .400 again.
- Marcell Ozuna has homered in three straight games.
- Christian Yelich hit his second 2016 HR, hurting a sign.
- J.T. Realmuto hit leadoff; expect this versus lefties.
- Barraclough, Phelps, and Ramos went three scoreless innings.
- Justin Bour sustained a possible dislocated finger.
- There are only three pitchers Stanton has 20 or more PA against that he hasn’t homered off of. Tyler Clippard is one of them. Big-G struck out against him last night night.