Miami Marlins Offense Wakes Up, Top Diamondbacks, 9-5

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 30: Dan Straily #58 of the Miami Marlins throws his first pitch of the season in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on April 30, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 30: Dan Straily #58 of the Miami Marlins throws his first pitch of the season in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on April 30, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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The Miami Marlins hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first game of a four-game set on Monday night.

Just 6,105 were in attendance on an 86 degree night with the roof open in Marlins Park. Sparse though the crowd was, they were treated to an 11-hit Miami Marlins attack.

Pitching

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CINCINNATI, OH – MAY 06: Dan Straily #58 of the Miami Marlins pitches in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 6, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Dan Straily (3-3, 4.82) started out looking pretty rough, allowing three runs in the first two innings. He then settled down, at one point retiring 10 Diamondbacks in a row. Straily closed his night with a quality start in the books, earning a 61 GameScore. He got 69-of-102 pitches in the strike zone, whiffing six while walking zero. He allowed four hits for three earned runs, and also hit a batter in his 6 1/3 innings of work. Straily also helped himself at the plate, with a double, a walk, and two runs scored.

Opposing starter Shelby Miller (0-1, 12.27) wasn’t as solid. He lasted 3 2/3 innings and allowed five earned runs on six hits and a pair of walks. He did strike out five batters, but only placed 52-of-85 pitches over the plate for a GameScore of 30.

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DENVER, CO – JUNE 24: Adam Conley #61 of the Miami Marlins pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the seventh inning of a game at Coors Field on June 24, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

Brad Ziegler followed with 2/3 of an inning without a hitch, bringing his once frightening opposing batting average allowed down to .290. At one point this season, it was at .381. Adam Conley pitched a perfect inning, taking only 10 pitches to get three outs, including a strikeout. Nick Wittgren made things interesting in a non-save situation in the ninth, allowing two extra base hits and a walk before getting relieved. Drew Steckenrider came in to record the final out.

Game Story

Jake Lamb (6) hit a solo shot off Straily in the first to stake an Arizona lead in the first inning. Justin Bour (13) answered with one of his own in the bottom of the frame.

Jeff Mathis added an RBI-single in the second, followed by a Miller RBI-sacrifice fly to give the Backs a 3-1 lead. Starlin Castro got one back for Miami with an RBI-single in the third. Despite an error in the field, Castro showed signs of shaking off his recent slump.

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DENVER, CO – JUNE 23: Starlin Castro #13 of the Miami Marlins runs for an infield single in the seventh inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 23, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

In the fourth, Derek Dietrich tied it up with an RBI-single, and Brian Anderson added a two-RBI-double. Anderson is hitting .326 over his 22 game on-base streak. Read more about Anderson’s all-star and NL ROY efforts here.

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With the Miami Marlins ahead by a 5-3 margin, the club batted around in the eighth opposite reliever Braden Shipley. Miguel Rojas had an RBI-single, Bryan Holaday drew a bases-loaded walk, and Cameron Maybin hit a two-run single to give the Fish a 9-3 lead.

After Ketel Marte led off the ninth with a triple off reliever Wittgren, Chris Owings knocked him in with a double. Owings scored on a Mathis sacrifice fly a bit later, but that was it for the Snakes.

Hitting

Every position player got into the game before it was over, excepting J.T. Realmuto. Anderson collected two hits for his 26th multi-hit game of the season, and is now sitting at .296. Rojas, who had been in a slump which dragged his average down to .227 on June 14th, is now up to .252 after a two-hit day. Castro also collected a pair of singles.

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MIAMI, FL – JUNE 25: Miguel Rojas #19 of the Miami Marlins rounds third for the score in the fourth inning during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Park on June 25, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Transactions

Aside from signing Osiris Johnson, the Miami Marlins had a pretty quiet transactional day. Johnson took batting practice before the game.

Tomorrow

Elieser Hernandez (0-4, 5.12) will start tomorrow’s game opposite Zack Godley (8-5, 4.64). It’s notable that after Miami was swept in Arizona earlier this month, they’ve now gone 12-8. They’ll look to continue their streak over their next three dates. Miami is smack-dab in the middle of a 36-games-in-37-days streak. They won’t have another off-day until July 12th, after a three-game-home-set against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Next: Derek Dietrich is Putting Up Career Numbers

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