The Miami Marlins set records in a 19-11 come-from-behind win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
It was a win that we all will talk about for some time and the highlight of the Miami Marlins 2019 season.
Trailing by seven runs, the Marlins proved to be the “Little Engine That Could” on Friday night, turning the deficit into a lead and a 19-run outburst in a 19-11 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on the first night of “Players Weekend” at Marlins Park.
For those of you who wanted to know, let’s get through the historical importance of the game first, so we can focus on the importance of the game and what it means for the Marlins the remainder of the season.
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"As Joe Frisaro of MLB.com wrote,” The Marlins rallied from seven back off Velasquez in the third inning. [Isan] Diaz blasted his homer 361 feet to right with a 101.5 mph exit speed per Statcast. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the third inning was the first time in club history that Miami overcame a deficit of seven-plus runs in one inning. They are the first MLB team to do so since the Cardinals scored 10 when trailing 7-0 in the fifth at the Reds on July 19 this year.“The Marlins also set a franchise record of scoring at least 13 runs in back-to-back home games. On Aug. 15, they beat the Dodgers, 13-7, at Marlins Park.”"
The runs were significant since the Marlins have been one of the worst hitting teams in Major League Baseball this season. Miami is hitting .242 as a team, which is 27th, overall and is worst in the Majors with just 107 home runs hit, including the two Starlin Castro hit and the one rookie Diaz added in the victory.
Jon Berti also got into the act, blasting a home run of his own.
Also, the Marlins are second to last in the Majors with 475 runs scored, only better than the Detroit Tigers.
Diaz seemed to get back on track and showed the promise of the minor-league sensation who tore up the Pacific Coast League this season with 26 home runs. His move to the parent club has not been kind to him at the plate or in the infield, where he has struggled defensively so far. The hope is more time for preparation and a steady diet of at-bats would help him get over the initial issues of playing on the next level.
"“It’s a big boost for me,” said Diaz, playing in his 17th big league game. “It feels really good to contribute. For me, it’s really just getting back to how things were when I was down in Triple-A. Really just try to move forward from this and use it as an opportunity to get back to what I’m capable of doing.”"
The Marlins did suffer the loss of Brian Anderson for the season when he was hit on the hand by Vince Velasquez in the third inning of the game. X-rays revealed a fracture of the fifth metacarpal bone, which means the 26-year-old outfielder/third baseman will more than likely miss the remainder of the 2019 season.