Will an extra-inning win by the Marlins on Saturday lead to a split with the Atlanta Braves on Sunday afternoon?
Can the Miami Marlins build on a heroic night and win their second game in a row against the Atlanta Braves?
Hector Noesi hopes his second time on the bump for the Marlins in as many tries is better than the first. The team came back in historic fashion on Saturday night, winning 7-6 in 10 innings to slow down the Braves bats and gain some traction in a series that has been all Atlanta since the start.
In five innings, Noesi gave up five runs to the Mets. He brings a 0-1 record with a 9.00 ERA to the ballpark today. His counterpart, Mike Foltynewicz is 3-5 this season with 6.36 ERA and 57 strikeouts. He was promoted from Triple-A last week, giving up three runs over 5 1/3 innings and walked two while striking out seven in a win over Minnesota on Tuesday.
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Saturday night’s performance will be one the fans and the organization talk about for some time, as Joe Frisaro of MLB.com wrote.
"“The Marlins flipped the script on the Braves on Saturday night and gave the South Florida baseball market a glimpse of what the organization is aiming to build for the future,” he said."
The win was even more special as 29,720 fans packed Marlins Park for the game, to see the hometown team win a game after being dominated by the National League East leading team all season. It was also another night where the Marlins bats did not give up.
"“You want to get people here,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “That’s for our players. As far as the organization, you want to get the city involved in what you’re doing and be excited about what’s going on with the Marlins. We have to go out and play well. Nobody wants to necessarily come if you’re not playing well. So it’s our job to play well.”"
Miami is now 44-72 this season and 3-7 in their last 10 games.
Sanchez continues hot streak – Miami’s top prospect Sixto Sanchez is heating up at the right time. The right-hander has been nothing but dominant on the mound his past five outings and continued to show how good he can be.
Sanchez, who came over in the trade for J.T. Realmuto, hasn’t allowed a run in 24 innings and has allowed just one earned run over his past five starts. On the night, in a win for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, he gave up hits in each of the first three innings, but then settled down and retired seven of eight to close out his night.