The Miami Marlins appeared snakebitten while they were in Washington. Returning home, they used a team effort to claw back from a deficit.
Part of the reason the Miami Marlins are frustrating to watch is because of wins like these. Against one of the top teams in the National League, the hometown Fish rallied from a two-run deficit to steal a victory.
The Miami Marlins bullpen was super, the offense came alive late, and they were opportunistic enough on the whole. Jose Urena turned in a middling performance, reaching 98 pitches in only 5.1 innings. All three earned runs were attributed to him.
With production from top to bottom, the Miami Marlins can confidently call this a team win.
But that doesn’t mean everyone was clicking from the first pitch. They seemed unable to get out of their own way for the first half of the game. Overaggressiveness at the plate and poor base running kept a goose egg on the board for the first five innings.
They finally broke through with on a Miguel Rojas double play that simultaneously got them their first run, and killed their momentum. After the Rockies pushed across two more to extend their to 3-1, it was looking like a familiar story.
Giancarlo Stanton changed the vibe in the home side with a single swing of the bat.
For Stanton, it was his 40th home run of the season. That brings him within two of the club record set by Gary Sheffield in 1996. It also marks the first time Stanton has reached the 40 mark in his career.
With the bullpen clicking, three runs pushed across by Miami in the bottom of the eighth inning proved to be enough. Brad Ziegler recorded his third save this season with little drama.
Build and keep building
Wins are encouraging for this Miami Marlins team. They’ve failed to get closer than three games within .500 since falling as many as 13 games back. After tonight’s win, they’re within six games again.
Most have accepted that the Miami Marlins aren’t heading towards the playoffs this season. But if they can manage to finish the game above the even mark, that’ll be a huge boost heading into the offseason.
You might have heard that the team has been reportedly sold to Yankee great Derek Jeter. Let’s credit this comeback victory to him and the greatness of his aura. C’mon, it’s fun.
Game two of the series is tomorrow at 7:10 pm, concluding with a matinee on Sunday.