Miami Marlins Close Out Home Schedule With Three Straight Wins

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Chad Wallach #17 of the Miami Marlins hits a home run in the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park on September 23, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Chad Wallach #17 of the Miami Marlins hits a home run in the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park on September 23, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /
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The Miami Marlins started this four-game home-schedule closing series against the Cincinnati Reds with a 4-2 loss.

Since then, they turned in a 1-0, 10-inning walkoff victory, a 5-1 victory on Saturday, and a 6-0 win on Sunday.

In the finale, the Marlins closed their season-series against the Reds with a five-games-to-two advantage. Trevor Richards (4-9, 4.66) earned the win by doing what he does best, striking out a bunch of guys and letting very few of the others to get on base. He whiffed nine in seven shutout innings, walking one and surrendering three hits, all singles. Richards gets his fourth win of the season, but his seventh Quality Start. He placed 70-of-95 pitches in the strike zone, and finished with an 83 GameScore.

His opposite, Michael Lorenzen (3-2, 3.35) surrendered four runs in four innings, on nine hits and a pair of walks. Lorenzen didn’t strike anyone out and posted a 24 GameScore, with 41-of-65 pitches over the plate.

Game Story

Scooter Gennett singled with two outs in the first, but was stranded on a Eugenio Suarez strikeout. In the bottom of the inning, JT Riddle and Austin Dean opened with back-to-back singles, but Starlin Castro hit into a double play, and Peter O’Brien flew out.

After Richards whiffed two in a 1-2-3 second, Lewis Brinson and Chad Wallach singled in the bottom of the frame. Magneuris Sierra walked with two out to load the bases, but a Riddle groundout ended the threat.

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MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 23: Trevor Richards #63 of the Miami Marlins throws a pitch during the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park on September 23, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /

The Reds touched Richards for a walk in the third, but struck out twice and didn’t score. In the bottom of the inning, Castro drew a one-out walk, then Brian Anderson hit a two-out single to move Castro to third. Brinson scored Castro on an infield single for all the runs the Marlins would need. Wallach then connected on his first career major league home run to give the Miami Marlins a 4-0 lead.

In the fourth, Richards was touched for two singles, but struck out another two batters to escape the jam. Sierra and Riddle opened the bottom of the inning with another pair of singles, but Sierra was erased on a double play and Castro grounded out.

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MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 22: Third baseman Brian Anderson #15 of the Miami Marlins hits an RBI double in the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park on September 22, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images) /

After Richards went 1-2-3 in the fifth, Anderson hit a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, to third on a throwing error, and scored on another wild pitch. Wallach then singled, and later scored on a Sierra single for a 6-0 Marlins lead that would eventually become the final score.

Miami Marlins Hitting

  • The Marlins were 14-for-37 in the game, scoring six times despite leaving 18 runners on base.
  • Wallach turned in his first career three-hit day, raising his average to .171.
  • Anderson’s three-hit day got his average up to .271 with seven games left in the season.
  • Sierra’s two hits was his second two-hit game in a row, and pushed his average to a nearly respectable .198.
  • Brinson also turned in two hits, and is now sitting at .203.
  • Riddle’s two hits for the game pushed him to .231.
  • Dean and O’Brien also collected hits for the Miami Marlins.

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Miami Marlins Relievers

  • Richards lasted seven innings, so there wasn’t much relief work to go around. Tyler Kinley got into his 11th game of the season, and worked a perfect eighth to lower his ERA to 9.31.
  • Drew Rucinski made his 30th appearance of the season for the Marlins, allowing a hit but no runs.
  • Marlins pitching allowed 18 hits over their last 37 innings comprising their series against the Reds. The combination of the Marlins’ last three starters surrendered nine hits over 19 2/3 innings. Chen, Urena, and Richards gave up three hits apiece through the series.

Next Up

Tomorrow at 6:05 PM, the Miami Marlins will open their final road-trip of the season against the Washington Nationals. Sandy Alcantara (2-1, 2.35) will take the hill against Steven Strasburg (9-7, 3.83).

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