Maybe this fixes the bullpen.
The Miami Marlins managed to pound out a 7-1 victory in the second half of Saturday’s twin-bill against the Washington Nationals in a game where five Marlins pitchers had to combine forces due to just called up starter Kendrys Flores having to be pulled after just three innings with a shoulder injury. The win brings the Fish back to two games above .500, and sets up a chance to pull off what would effectively be their third split of the season against their division leading rival.
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Giancarlo Stanton finished the day having gone a combined 1 for 10 at the plate, which while devastating to my fantasy lineup, only mildly inconvenienced the Marlins at the plate. This would be on account of the continued torrid hitting pace of Marcell Ozuna, who has actually pulled his average over .500 after yesterday’s five-hit day; Ozuna went 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs in last night’s victory. Justin Bour has seemingly found his power stroke as well, clubbing his third longball of the week yesterday.
And now we Stat Wrap:
- Ozuna Watch: 14-game hitting streak; 3 for 5 last night.
- Five Marlins pitchers combined to allow just five hits.
- Jose Urena earned his first win of the year.
- Derek Dietrich has a hit in nine-straight starts.
- Bryce Harper did not play in this game, for what it’s worth.
- J.T. Realmuto went an ugly 1 for 5, but did have 2 RBIs.
- Of course, ugly is relative. Stanton had a 1 for 10 day.
- The Marlins won despite going just 4-14 with RISP.
- The series continues to be a showdown between MLB’s two best hitters in Daniel Murphy (.403) and Martin Prado (.381).