The Miami Marlins won in dramatic fashion on Friday night. A strong pitching performance by Wei-Yin Chen and a double in the 10th inning by Isaac Galloway gave the home team the win.
The Miami Marlins got the best performance of the season from Wei-Yin Chen and rookie Isaac Galloway hit a 10th inning double as the Miami Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 at Marlins Park on Friday night.
The win gave the Marlins 60 for the season with nine games remaining in this season. The team is 3-7 over their last 10 games.
Chen proved once again he likes home cooking as his performances on the bump in south Florida have been much better than a lack of road success.
This contest, a gem combined with opposing pitcher Luis Castillo, a former Marlins farmhand, was one that gives us baseball fans hope for the future.
Galloway lined a double off the wall in right field, driving home Brian Anderson from second to earn the win. The two teams will play again on Saturday night.
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"“The constant for Chen all season has been his success at Marlins Park, where he made 13 starts and finished up with a 1.62 ERA over 78 innings,” writes Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.“The left-hander has the lowest home ERA of any starter in the National League.”"
Maybe the Marlins should consider bringing out Chen every time the team plays at home. It has proven to be successful in a disappointing season here in Miami. Chen even joked about the difference in pitching on the road versus home after a conversation with teammate and veteran Dan Straily.
"“We discussed that in Spring Training next year, I should probably pitch all my games on the road [to reverse the pattern],” Chen said through his interpreter."
Chen’s home stats are a far contrast from his numbers on the road. He has a bloated 9.29 ERA in 12 starts over 51 1/3 innings. For the season, Chen’s ERA is 4.66, which is not bad considering the up and down ride he has traveled.
It wasn’t just the fact Chen was on home soil, but also the way he pitched. He and Castillo breezed through the game, making short work of each team’s batting order. This was a pitcher’s duel is there is still such a thing.
Castillo was considered one of the better pitching prospects in the Marlins minor league system prior to last season before he was traded to the Reds for Straily, who had 10 wins in 2017.