Stat Wrap 7/19: Nine, 10th, ’11 The Story As Marlins Win
The date was May 29th, 2011. That was the last time Fish fans had a nine games over .500 Miami Marlins team to call their very own.
The Marlins won in extras for the second consecutive game, running their win streak to three and holding serve in the NL Wild Card chase, all thanks to a thrilling 2-1 victory Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. And while I would have preferred a Dodger loss, the club has cut the Nationals’ NL East lead down to 4.5 games. Interesting times to say the least.
Nine games over, won it in the 10th inning, haven’t been this good since the ’11 season.
The only thing more amazing than that has been the collective pitching excellence so far in this series. Simply put, Jose Fernandez had the worst outing of the four starting pitchers seen thus far, and all he did was hold the Phills to 2 ERs while striking out 14 in 6.1 IP Monday night. Starters have been that dominant, and quality relief efforts have backed them up.
It was Jose Urena‘s turn last night, and all he did was submit his best performance of the season to the front office for their fifth starter consideration. The hits came a little more easily than they did in that Fernandez-Aaron Nola opener, but when it came time to knock em in, the Fish and the Phills combined for a 1 for 10 night with RISP.
And now we Stat Wrap:
- Ichiro Watch: Holding steady at six away.
- Jose Urena’s line: 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 H. Best fifth start in a while.
- The last five Marlins wins have all been earned by the bullpen.
- Christian Yelich clobbered his 8th HR, one shy of tying his career high.
- He also knocked in the only other Marlins RBI, a 10th inning game-winner.
- J.T. Realmuto had two hits, and stole his 10th base of the season.
- A.J. Ramos picked up save No. 31, while Mike Dunn picked up the win.
- Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 5; fingers crossed for a 24hr slump.
- A legitimate slump candidate would be Derek Dietrich, who is bringing a 1 for 21 slide with him into Wednesday’s contest.