On Friday night, the Miami Marlins opened their third series of the season, this time at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Miami Marlins racked up a grand total of three base hits. A double by Martin Prado and singles from Brian Anderson and JT Riddle. Although they also drew four walks, they struck out 10 times in the game. Curtis Granderson whiffed three times, while Peter O’Brien and Jorge Alfaro waved twice each.
Miami Marlins starter Pablo Lopez was cruising along pretty good to start things off. He surrendered two hits and struck out three over his first three innings of work. Lopez’ bread and butter, his control, was also in full effect. He walked only one over five innings of work.
Lopez’ troubles occurred in the fourth inning, when he gave up a pair of home runs along with three singles and the walk. Ronald Acuna opened the scoring with a two-run blast, and after a pair of groundouts Tyler Flowers added a solo shot.
The only really decent performances of the day were turned in by relievers Tyler Kinley, Drew Steckenrider, and Tayron Guerrero, who each pitched a hitless inning. Kinley struck out a pair, Steckenrider worked a 1-2-3, and Guerrero surrendered a walk, but also collected a strikeout in his frame of work.
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A few minor housekeeping notes:
First baseman Matt Snyder, signed earlier this week by the Miami Marlins and assigned initially to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, was promoted to the New Orleans Baby Cakes.
Second baseman J.C. Millan, signed by the Miami Marlins in July, 2016, spent about two months last season on the disabled list (now the “injured list”). He was assigned to the Jumbo Shrimp, and was 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter today.
The Clinton LumberKings defeated the Kane County Cougars, 5-1 after a strong Josh Roberson start. The Baby Cakes rode Zac Gallen for seven no-hit, no-walk innings to an eventual 2-1 win against the Round Rock Express. Jacksonville needed 12 innings to walk off the Jackson Generals, and the Jupiter Hammerheads dropped a 4-2 decision to the Palm Beach Cardinals.
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