Rookie pitcher Jordan Yamamoto followed up a solid debut with an even better second game.
In his second game, against the same team, no less, he surrendered two hits and two walks over another seven scoreless innings. Widely considered a toss-in for the Miami Marlins in the Christian Yelich deal (along with Lewis Brinson, Monte Harrison, and Isan Diaz), Yamamoto is proving there was more than meets the eye.
Yamamoto has outperformed expectations at every level along his journey to the major leagues, so why should his performance be unexpected? No Miami Marlins pitcher has ever opened his career with more scoreless innings.
Currently the 18th ranked prospect in the Miami Marlins system, look for Yamamoto to move up those rankings in the days ahead, as the prospect pipeline updates their rankings. There was more going on at Busch Stadium than just Yamamoto’s dominance.
Starlin Castro went deep for the fifth time this season with a fifth inning solo shot off John Flaherty. The run wiped out the dual shutouts in effect at the time. In the eighth, Brian Anderson walloped a John Brebbia offering over the left field fence for a 3-0 lead.
Even with the two moon shots, the Miami Marlins still trail the next-to-last Detroit Tigers in the majors, 59-to-51. Thirteen clubs have over 100 homers this year, including 137 for the surprising Minnesota Twins.
The ninth inning went one-two-three for Romo, with a Marcell Ozuna groundout then two flies into center field by Dexter Fowler and Matt Wieters. The shutout was the sixth of the season for the Miami Marlins, against 13 times they were blanked.
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The Second Coming of H Ramirez
Harold Ramirez continued his assault on National League pitching by going two-for-three with a walk and a run. He scored from first on a single, when Marcell Ozuna flubbed a Miguel Rojas roller.
Ramirez is hitting .331 now in his rookie season. This was his 12th multi-hit game in 32 career contests.
Garrett Cooper also collected a pair of hits in the game, a single and a double, with an RBI and a run scored.
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