Behind the pitching of Elieser Hernandez, the Miami Marlins came from behind to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 and earn the series win on Sunday.
As luck would have it, the Miami Marlins earned a series win over the Philadelphia over “Players Weekend” at Marlins Park. The 3-2 victory on Sunday was the icing on the cake where the Marlins were able to ride the efforts of starting pitcher Elieser Hernandez, who pitched six innings of two-run ball and allowed the home team to once again win in comeback fashion.
Miami took two of three in the series, and Hernandez’s six innings matched his career-high, done three times this season, including twice in August, as Joe Frisaro of MLB.com wrote.
The home team’s first come-from-behind win occurred on Friday night after the team offered the Phillies a seven-run lead before charging back to tie the game and eventually take the lead and the win 19-11.
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Now, the team moves forward with the expansion of the MLB Roster at the end of the month and the front office looking ahead to next season, which could show marked improvement from this season and 2018 under CEO Derek Jeter’s guidance.
"“It’s been good to watch,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We took this guy in the Rule 5 [Draft] last year. He’s worked out of the bullpen a lot. I guess we’ve kind of figured out, this guy is a lot better as a starter than he’s been as a reliever.”"
The ball club is now 47-82 this season and look to begin a four-game set against the Cincinnati Reds as the team’s homestand continues on Monday.
Hernandez showed he could be effective in a short time frame, throwing 55 pitches over five innings.
"“First of all, I’m very competitive,” Hernandez said through an interpreter. “Every time I go out there, I’m trying to compete. Even if I don’t have all my tools. Today, I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates, especially [Bryan] Holaday. He did a great job out there, and we worked together.”"
One of the other positives from the game was the work of Ryne Stanek, who came on in the ninth to capture the first save of his Major League career. The team believes Stanek has potential as the team’s closer of the future and will look at him and possibly former starter Jose Urena in that role over the next month of the season.