José Ureña spearheaded the Miami Marlins victory over the Cincinnati Reds, and Austin Dean connected on his fourth tater of the season.
Ureña (8-12, 4.07) collected a win in his fifth start in a row, and hasn’t lost a game since August 10th. In the eight starts since then, he has gone 5-0 and allowed 25 hits over 44 2/3 innings, striking out 26 and walking only 11. In today’s game, he lasted 5 2/3 innings, keeping the Reds scoreless on three hits and a walk. He struck out two, and finished with a 68 GameScore. It was also the second game in a row in which he was pulled one out short of a Quality Start for the Miami Marlins. He has 11 for the season, after putting 45-of-80 in the strike zone.
"“He had a tight, right-IT band” – Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly, on lifting Ureña with one out left in the sixth"
His counterpart, Anthony DeSclafani (7-7, 4.91), struck out 10 Miami Marlins in 5 2/3 innings, but also allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk. DeSclafani closed his night with a 49 GameScore, getting 58-of-80 pitches over the plate.
Ureña held the Reds hitless until Scooter Gennett lined a two-out single into left field with two outs in the fourth inning, but Gennett was stranded on Eugenio Suarez‘ pop out on the next pitch. In the bottom of the inning, J.T. Realmuto reached first base on an error with one out between strikeouts by Starlin Castro and Peter O’Brien. Brian Anderson drew a walk, then Lewis Brinson singled Realmuto home to open the scoring. Austin Dean brought Anderson home with a single into right field.
"“Oh my God, this was such a fun game! This is probably the most fun game I’ve had all year.” – Dean on Fox Sports Florida after the game"
In the bottom of the sixth, Realmuto led off with his 30th double of the season, then scored on an Anderson single to left field. Shortstop Jose Peraza got his glove on it, but it ricocheted into the outfield. After a Brinson force out, Dean homered for the fourth time this year into left-center field for a 5-0 Marlins lead.
Miami Marlins Hitters
- Dean collected a pair of hits and pushed his average up to .219 for the season. His five total bases represents a career-high.
- Magneuris Sierra went two-for-three to get his average just short of the Mendoza line, at .188. It was his fifth multi-hit game for the Marlins, in his 47th appearance.
- Realmuto was one-for-four, but scored twice and now sits at .284.
- Miguel Rojas, Castro, and O’Brien combined to go 0-for-12 in total, in four chances each.
- Brinson’s one-for-four day left him at .199 for the season.
- Anderson was one-for-three, also getting on base with his walk.
Miami Marlins Relievers
- Jarlin Garcia got the final out of the sixth inning in his 27th appearance of the season for the Miami Marlins.
- Wittgren only allowed one baserunner in two innings. Unfortunately it was the Guerrero home run.
- Adam Conley surrendered two hits in 2/3 of an inning, but it didn’t hurt.
- Drew Steckenrider came on for the last out with runners on first and second, getting Curt Casali to ground out, 1-3.
- The Marlins and Reds relief corps combined to strike out zero batters in 5 2/3 innings.
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At 12:10 PM tomorrow, these two clubs will close their season series. The Marlins have claimed it already, with four wins in a possible seven after winning two-of-three from Cincinnati in early May. They can win this series as well, or tie with a loss. The Marlins are still seeking a series sweep for the first time this year, and now only have two chances left, in three games against the Washington Nationals and three more against the New York Mets.
Tomorrow’s game will see Trevor Richards (3-9, 4.95) take on Michael Lorenzon (3-1, 3.03). It’s Lorenzon’s second start in his 44th appearance of the 2018 season.
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