Christian Yelich made a career of clutch hitting for the Miami Marlins before he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers this offseason.
Now, Yelich showed he could still deliver that clutch hit in an 8-4 victory of the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on Tuesday night. The loss by Miami means the game tonight will determine which team wins this series as the All-Star Game is just over a week away.
Pablo Lopez suffered the first loss of his career, mixing in his dominance on the mound with yielding two runs early in the game that proved to be part of a roller coaster night for the rookie. Although there were moments when the 22-year-old was able to pitch himself out of situations, the inexperience on the Major League level showed.
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Lopez was cruising along in his last start, with a nine-run lead against the Washington Nationals, but then gave up five runs as Miami lost 14-12 in that contest. Tuesday night was another learning experience for the youngster.
“There was a lot to like about that outing,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said via MLB.com. “Obviously, the first couple were not exactly [smooth], but after that, it looked like he went on the attack.”
Yelich’s stat line was something the Marlins could have used as he finished with three hits, four RBI and added a key double in the ninth inning to seal the victory.
While he was on the losing end for the Marlins, there were moments of progress Lopez can build on from the outing. After settling down after the first inning, he did pitch four scoreless innings, as Joe Frisaro points out. He gave up five runs in six innings, but also added six strikeouts on the night.
The Streak is Over
The eight-game hitting streak of Starlin Castro came to an end. Castro scored a run on a walk but did not manage a hit on Tuesday night.
Multi-Hit Game Again
Brian Anderson got two hits on Tuesday night. It was the 30th multi-hit game of the season for the rookie. Anderson is hitting .285 for the season. He now has 46 RBI to lead the team.
The Marlins continue to have issues moving runners on the base pads. The team left seven batters on base in the loss on Tuesday night.
J.T. Realmuto was not in the lineup as he is on Paternity Leave to welcome the birth of his child.
Adam Conley pitched a scoreless inning in the seventh. He had one strikeout.
Bullpen Fails To Hold The Line
Javy Guerra and Ben Meyer gave up insurance runs to the Brewers. Guerra pitched the eighth inning, giving up a home run to Travis Shaw. Ben Meyer gave up two runs in the ninth inning, including a double to Yelich.