The Miami Marlins played to a 1-1 tie against the New York Mets on Monday afternoon.
It’s something that you’ll never see happen in the Miami Marlins regular season. If a game is tied and needs to go to extra innings, or even if it’s tied in regular innings and gets suspended due to precipitation or “night,” those games will likely be continued. In the worst case scenario, they will not have played enough innings and the game is wiped — but even that is very rare.
In Spring Training, the result is not as important as what the games give to the players. It’s important to the veterans, the rookies, the prospects, and especially to the staff. It’s also important to all of us out here in Miami Marlins-fandom, but that’s another story.
The Marlins and Mets faced off with 3,390 looking on at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. The Mets took the lead in the fifth inning on an Eduardo Nunez RBI-groundout, scoring Jake Marisnick. Brad Boxberger was charged with the run, the only score against the Marlins.
Miami got that run back an inning later, on an otherwise embarrassing play. Chad Wallach led off with a single, then Miguel Rojas took second base on an HBP. Jonathan Villar then grounded into a force play, which erased Rojas while Wallach took third. A bad throw by Andres Gimenez allowed Wallach to scamper home, but Villar got thrown out trying to get to second base. So, it was a run-scoring error-assisted non-traditional double play. I guess you could score it 3-6-6E-2-6 if you were so inclined.
The Miami Marlins only collected seven hits in the game — all singles — and nobody had an extra base hit. Here’s three takeaways.
Elieser Hernandez Turning the Corner?
Elieser Hernandez looked better today than he has through Spring Training to this point. He had allowed six runs on seven hits (including a home run) through his first seven innings, along with four walks and one hit batsman. Today, he pitched four perfect innings, struck out five, walked zero, and surrendered two base hits.
Miami Marlins Bullpen Still Impressive
The Miami Marlins bullpen continues to put up a solid effort. Boxberger gave up a run on a hit and a walk in the fifth, the the next four pitchers all dealt a respective goose egg. Josh A. Smith allowed a walk and a hit, striking out two. Dylan Lee gave up a hit in the seventh, striking one batter out.
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Tommy Eveld and Alex Vesia each tossed a perfect inning to close out the Marlins pitching line. Vesia didn’t strike anyone out, but he did get nine-of-10 pitches over the plate. He’s given up one pitch and two walks in five innings, racking up four strikeouts.
Chad Wallach can hit
Now six-for-15 with a pair of homers and 10, count them, 10 RBI, Chad Wallach has had his share of doubters after posting a less-than-adequate .202/.284/.298 career slashline. He has two home runs and eight RBI in 40 career major league contests, and has surpassed that in just 10 games this spring. It couldn’t come at a better time with Marlins starter Jorge Alfaro questionable for the start of the season, due to a calf injury.