The Miami Marlins failed to secure a four-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants on Thursday afternoon.
Sandy Alcantara turned in a Quality Start, lasting six innings and surrendering only two hits and no runs. He also walked five and struck out only three, placing 55-of-98 pitches over the plate. Unfortunately, the Miami Marlins bullpen couldn’t hold the lead, giving up three runs over the last three innings.
Tayron Guerrero was charged with a blown save, recording one out and surrendering a run on two hits. Adam Conley (1-5, 7.08) continued his difficult season, giving up the other two runs to the Giants on a hit and a walk. Austin Brice then came in to walk the only batter he faced on four pitches. Only Wei-Yin Chen, yes, THAT Wei-Yin Chen, had a solid performance in relief. He struck out a pair and kept San Francisco scoreless over 1 2/3 innings, allowing a hit and a walk.
Offensively, Garrett Cooper collected a pair of hits, reaching base three times including a walk in four plate appearances. Miguel Rojas hit his seventh double of the season for the only Marlins extra base hit in the game. Sandy Alcantara helped his own cause with a single in two at bats and Rosell Herrera got a single in a pinch appearance. Starlin Castro and Harold Ramirez also hit safely in the game.
Bryan Holaday got into his second major league game of the season, and for the second time went 0-for-3. He drew a walk and struck out. Jeff Brigham was called up earlier in the afternoon, but was not called on to pitch. RHP Elieser Hernandez was optioned to the New Orleans Baby Cakes.
In other transactions, the Cakes placed right fielder Isaac Galloway on the seven-day injured list and center fielder Magneuris Sierra was called up from the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp to fill his roster position. Shortstop Demetrius Sims was promoted from the Clinton LumberKings to the Jupiter Hammerheads. Jupiter also released LHP Brett Lilek, and Clinton activated 3B Bubba Hollins from the seven-day IL.
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Tomorrow at 10:10PM EDT, the Miami Marlins will play the first game of a three-game series on the west coast against the San Diego Padres. Tonight, four minor league games are on tap for Miami. The Hammerheads face the St. Lucie Mets at 6:30PM, with Edward Cabrera (3-2, 2.78) taking the hill. At 7:05PM, Robert Dugger (5-5, 3.19) gets a turn for Jacksonville against the Mobile BayBears. Dustin Beggs will take a turn for New Orleans at 7:35PM against the Nashville Sounds. The LumberKings play the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at the same time.
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