Will the Miami Marlins once again use their hitting to take down the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night?
Can the Marlins do it again? After 11-3 blistering of the San Francisco Giants, can these Marlins, who have won eight of their last 11 games, swing for the fences in taking down another National League foe and claim another series victory in the process.
This isn’t the same team that began the 2019 season, showing power at the plate and more consistency in the count. The home team hit three home runs in Tuesday night’s contest.
"“…the Marlins had a rare victory with their big damage coming via the home run,” writes Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. “In fact, the club hadn’t had a three-run home run all season before Alfaro blistered his no-doubt blast to center off Nick Vincent in a four-run fifth inning. And in the eighth inning, Rosell Herrera clobbered a pinch-hit, solo home run.”"
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And while Miami is still not a juggernaut with the bat and doesn’t hit many dingers, the notion of these bats warming up is very real.
"“It just continues to build when you have guys on base,” manager Don Mattingly said, whose team is starting to find a stride. “You’re not hitting three-run homers if you don’t have guys on base.”"
Trevor Richards was once again at his best last night as well.
"Per Kevin Kraczkowski of Marlin Maniac, “A season of feast-or-famine for Trevor Richards in 2019 so far. After tying for the 2018 team-lead with 130 strikeouts, Richards has had good starts and bad for this years’ model."
Richards displayed the kind of control many hoped he would have at the beginning of the season. It was his second consecutive win of the season.
"“In Tuesday’s game, he finished with a personal season-best GameScore of 72, striking out five and allowing two hits and a walk,” Kraczkowski added. “The only dimple on the scoreboard against him was a Joe Panik first-inning solo-blast. Richards put 60-of-92 pitches in the strike zone, and ranks second only to Caleb Smith‘s 72 strikeouts for the season, with 55.”"
And to think fans might have thought this would be a long night at Marlins Park after Richards gave up a home run to Panik on the first pitch of the game. He showed poise after that, giving up one more hit, a one-out single to Brandon Crawford in the fifth inning.
The Marlins do need to make improvements in how they are hitting home runs. Of the 39 they have sent out of ballparks, 37 have been solo shots.
Per Frisaro, since May 17, when the Marlins started their 8-3 streak, they have been hitting .268/.325/.437 as a team. They also have 15 home runs and 19 doubles.
The franchise sends Pablo Lopez to the mound tonight. He boasts a 1.93 ERA at home.