Miami Marlins bounce back against Diamondbacks
Last night the Marlins failed to muster enough runs to surpass the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tonight, they plated seven and never trailed.
The Miami Marlins continue to do their due diligence to mount a revival to their 2017 season. After dropping last nights game in frustrating fashion, tonight they were able to finish the game on top. The Marlins are now nine games under .500, and in position to take their first series in June.
The Fish will need to win two more games against the Diamondbacks, but tonight was an encouraging showing. Even as the starting pitching began to fall apart, the Marlins battled back. They showed the kind of resilience usually reserved for teams that are bound for the playoffs.
In this game, Jose Urena toed the rubber in his sixth start of the season. His performance was less than stellar. He managed to pitch only 4.1 innings, allowing 5 earned runs on nine hits. Pitching with a lead for a majority of his start, he left the game ineligible for the win.
The Miami Marlins bullpen was in rare form. They didn’t allow a single hit in their 4.2 innings of work. It was as good as they’ve looked all season. A.J. Ramos pitched a perfect ninth inning and recorded his seventh save of the season. He remains perfect in save opportunities.
Offensively, the Miami Marlins bats were alive and well. They jumped on the Arizona Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin early, scoring four runs in the first inning. They came by way of the long ball, with Christian Yelich, and Justin Bour blasting two-run shots.
Earlier today, it was announced that Charlie Blackmon was named NL Player of the month, an award many feel Bour should have earned. His 400+ ft. bomb to the opposite field did well to punctate that discussion.
Even after the Diamondbacks battled back, tying the game by way of a three-run fifth inning, the Fish would not be denied. Giancarlo Stanton connected for another home run, giving him 15 on the season. It also lifted him past Mike Lowell to first all-time on the Marlins RBI list.
They’d add another run in the seventh off the bat of J.T. Realmuto. That’s all they’d need to put this one to bed. The pitching was stellar and kept the lead from ever being in doubt.
When the Miami Marlins play as well as they did tonight, it’s hard to believe this team has only won 22 games.
Two games remain in the series against the Diamondbacks; the Marlins need to win both to take the best of four.
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If the bullpen pitches as well as it did tonight, and the hitting is as lively, that isn’t out of reason. The Marlins put together a complete win tonight.