Week three of the COVID-19 simulation sees the Miami Marlins start with a 6-7 record, a full game ahead of the last-place New York Mets.
Braves 6, Marlins 4
With 12,561 in attendance at Marlins Park, the Atlanta Braves opened a four-game set with a win against the Miami Marlins. Jonathan Villar led the Marlins offense with a three-for-five game, and Jesus Aguilar had a pair of hits.
Sandy Alcantara lost his third game in three starts to begin the 2020 campaign. He surrendered six earned runs on eight hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings. Trevor Rogers, Yimi Garcia, and Tommy Eveld combined to pitch 5 2/3 innings of perfect ball the rest of the way, but it wasn’t enough.
Marlins 4, Braves 1
Pablo Lopez won his fourth straight game to start the season, keeping the Braves to one run on five hits and zero walks over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out five batters. Drew Steckenrider pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save, but did allow the opposition a hit for the first time this season.
Braves 6, Marlins 1
Caleb Smith took the loss to drop to 1-3 for the season, giving up five runs (three earned) on six hits and zero walks in four innings.
Jon Berti and Jesus Aguilar finished with two hits apiece, and Aguilar had the only Marlins RBI in the game.
The Marlins placed Yimi Garcia on waivers and took right-handed reliever Jeff Brigham off the injured list.
Marlins 2, Braves 1
The Marlins earned a four-game split with the Atlanta Braves with two first-inning runs. Brian Anderson and Jesus Aguilar had an RBI each. Miami Marlins starter Jose Urena struck out four and allowed just one run on three hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. Drew Steckenrider pitched a hitless ninth for his sixth save.
Matt Joyce was claimed off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals. Adam Conley cleared waivers and joined the Wichita Wind Surge, as did Jeff Brigham. RHP Sixto Sanchez was called up to the Miami Marlins.
Marlins 2, Angels 1
The Miami Marlins only got four hits in total against Los Angeles Angels pitchers Andrew Heaney & reliever Ty Buttrey. It was enough to score twice, which was twice as many as the Angels could manage off Sandy Alcantara, who finished with no-decision.
Alcantara gave up seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, allowing a run and striking out two. Sixto Sanchez struck out two in 1 1/3 innings to earn his first victory in his first major league appearance. Drew Steckenrider pitched another perfect ninth for his seventh save of the season, getting the Miami Marlins to .500.
Jonathan Villar hit a single and a triple, Jon Berti had a two-run double, and Matt Kemp hit his second double in two games to complete Miami’s offensive stat line for the night.
Sixto Sanchez was sent back to Jacksonville, and Dylan Lee was recalled from the Shrimp to the Marlins in his place.
Marlins 7, Angels 6
Jesus Aguilar and Corey Dickerson each went deep and Julio Teheran earned no decision after seven strong innings to sweep the Angels in a two-game set in Miami. Teheran struck out five and allowed a pair of runs on one walk and four hits. Tommy Eveld earned the win.
Dickerson’s shot was one of three hits in the game for the Marlins. Miguel Rojas, Brian Anderson, and Aguilar each also finished the game with multiple hits.
Unexpectedly competitive at 10-9 after three weeks, the Marlins sit just one game behind the division leading Washington Nationals in third place in the National League East.
The Road Ahead
The Miami Marlins have a nine-game road-trip starting on Friday April 17th, with three games each versus the Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets, and the Cardinals.
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