After losing seven-in-a-row to drop to 10-31 for the season, the Miami Marlins have now won 13-of-18, including four-in-a-row.
Tomorrow afternoon, the Miami Marlins will go for their third sweep since May 19th after not sweeping anyone since September, 2017. Their intended victim, the Milwaukee Brewers, are largely expected to challenge for the National League Central title. In fact, they’re only a half-game behind the current division-leading Chicago Cubs, at 34-28. With a run-differential of minus-53, however, praise has been non-existent for the perpetually struggling Marlins.
In tonight’s game, the Miami Marlins again struck in the first inning. Curtis Granderson scampered home on a Starlin Castro groundout for an early lead. In the second, Orlando Arcia doubled home Mike Moustakas. Yasmani Grandal was also called safe at home on the play, but on review, it was established that he was out, JT Riddle to Miguel Rojas to Bryan Holaday.
With the score knotted at one in the top of the third, Brian Anderson hit his first career grand slam, and his seventh tater of the year to make it 5-1, Fish. Anderson scored another in the fifth on a Castro sacrifice fly.
In the eighth inning, Holaday drove Riddle and Rojas home for more insurance and a seven-run lead. Grandal managed a homer in the bottom of the ninth, his 13th of the season and a two-run shot, but that was all she wrote.
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Alcantara’s solid start pushed his record to 3-5. He now has a 3.80 ERA and logged a 72 GameScore in this one. Alcantara got 60-of-95 pitches in the strike zone, struck out five, and surrendered one run on five hits and a walk. Nick Anderson whiffed a pair in his inning of work, but also gave up a pair of hits. Adam Conley pitched the ninth in a non-save situation, giving up the two-fer and pushing his ERA to 7.25 for the 2019 campaign.
Anderson had the big bat for the day. In addition to his four-run tater, he also hit a single and a double, drew a walk and even stole a base, his fourth of the season. Granderson is inching perilously close to .200, going two-for-five with a double. Miguel Rojas got two more hits, and is currently riding an eight-game hit streak. He’s gone 12-for-30 over the stretch, with four doubles and three RBI.
The Miami Marlins are not going to the playoffs this year. That’s plainly understood – but isn’t it nice to see the good guys put a few W’s together? Thanks for reading. Follow us on Twitter, subscribe to our newsletter, and like us on Facebook.