The Miami Marlins got key hitting from both Magneuris Sierra and Lewis Brinson in a comeback win over the Washington Nationals on Monday night.
Both outfielders, Magneuris Sierra, and Lewis Brinson had key hits when the Miami Marlins needed them most and helped the team to an 8-5 comeback win over the Washington Nationals. The win was the first of a two-game series against the National League East rivals and the first of the Marlins final homestand of the 2018 season.
While the 2018 season has been anything but a victorious for this franchise, the comeback win on Monday night proved this is a team that could make a major jump in its progression next season. Brinson has been hitting the ball better since coming back from a hip injury Sept. 1. Sierra has been trying to make a name for himself and challenge for an outfield spot on next season’s roster.
"“As long as they’re continuing to play hard,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We’ve talked about it before. These guys are trying to show us that they are a good part of the future.”"
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Mattingly will have as tough a decision in deciding who stays on the roster next season in the outfield as young players have been steadily added to the lineup since the start of the second half of 2018.
"As Joe Frisaro wrote, Brinson had two hits, an RBI and scored a run, while Sierra added a two-run single."
It’s the kind of boost the team needs coming off a disastrous 2-7 road trip and notching 91 losses this season. There are 14 games left in the season and the Marlins are trying to avoid 100 losses.
Miami would need to win six more games. The team has one more game with the Nationals before they begin a four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds for the final home series of the season.
"“It feels good because guys are still in the battle,” Mattingly added. “That’s one of the things. You want your team to still compete, no matter what the situation is on that given day. I think the guys have been pretty resilient.”"
Brinson continues to show a rebirth at the plate that began when he was called up from Triple-A New Orleans. A .186 hitter at the time he was placed on the disabled list, he has shown that he sees the ball better and has become more patient at the dish.
"“It’s been a lot of work, a work in progress,” said Brinson, who has scuffled most of the season but is showing positive signs in the final month. “It always is. I’m just trying to finish strong and help this team win as many games as we can down the stretch.”"