Stat Wrap 7/9: Marlins Win Series, Save The Season
Let’s be honest. The Marlins needed that one.
Thanks to yesterday’s 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, the Miami Marlins won their first series in four tries, and head into Sunday’s finale with a shot at having the second best first half finish in franchise history.
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The sweep would be nice, an exclamation point. But by no means underestimate how important this series against the lowly Reds was, if you had any plans on watching a contending baseball team make some moves for a playoff chase later this month. Having failed to win three straight series since that big Cubs series that has actually looked less impressive by the day in the weeks since, clubhouse and front office alike needed something to hang their hat on heading into the break. Regardless of what happens Sunday, that something has been delivered.
Credit Marcell Ozuna and Martin Prado with the heavy lifting.
Along with the tag, Prado was the game’s offensive hero. And Ozuna, who’s struggled slightly at the plate of late, proved that he’s bringing an All-Star arm with him to San Diego.
Fellow All-Stars Fernando Rodney and A.J. Ramos chipped in as well, lending some clutch support to Marlins starter Adam Conley, who picked up his sixth win of the season. He also picked up a rare hit, boosting his average to .065 on the season. Friday’s hero Christian Yelich was completely shutdown, and catcher J.T. Realmuto shook off his mini slump with a 2 for 3 day.
And now we Stat Wrap:
- Martin Prado went 3 for 3 with 2 RBI.
- Giancarlo Stanton ran his hitting streak to six games.
- He also picked up his 48th RBI, good for the team lead.
- The Not Justin Bour spot is just 1 for 6 in the series so far.
- Adam Conley struck out seven in his sixth win of the year.
- The Marlins bullpen stepped up with 3.1 IP of scoreless baseball.
- That included an All-Star hold from Fernando Rodney.
- And an All-Star save from A.J. Ramos, his 27th of the year.
- The Marlins won this despite going 2 for 9 with RISP; good enough when that was one hit better than the Reds.