Week nine of the alternate dimension 2020 major league baseball season would begin with the Marlins at 22-27, fourth in the National League East.
Padres 3, Marlins 2
Peter Bourjos led the Miami Marlins in a losing effort with two hits, a single and a triple. The Padres completed a three-game sweep, handing Yimi Garcia (0-1, 3.71) the loss. Pablo Lopez earned no decision, allowing a run on five hits and zero walks in 3 1/3 innings.
Nationals 8, Marlins 5
The Nationals started their four-game series against the Marlins with a victory with 33,719 in attendance at Nationals Park. Aaron Sanchez (1-2, 3.70) took the loss, surrendering five runs in four innings on five hits and a walk. He struck out six. Tommy Eveld struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning.
Miami’s offense came up with 12 hits, bettering the Nationals by one, but they couldn’t get it done when they started. Jonathan Villar, Brian Anderson, & Corey Dickerson led the Marlins with two hits each.
After the game, Pablo Lopez was moved to the 15-day injured list, and Sixto Sanchez was called up to fill his spot on the roster.
Nationals 7, Marlins 4
Washington sent the Marlins to their fifth straight loss, handing reliever Trevor Rogers (1-2, 7.94) a tough stat line. Rogers pitched 2/3 of an inning, surrendering seven runs (five earned) on five hits and a pair of walks. Starter Caleb Smith was lifted after 2 2/3 innings with an injury.
Jon Berti and Brian Anderson led Miami’s offense with two hits each, including Berti’s second home run of the season. Miguel Rojas added his second of the year as well. Rogers was optioned to the Jumbo Shrimp afterward, and Braxton Garrett joined the Marlins proper.
The Marlins also cleared out their lower levels of the affiliate system in preparation for the 2020 draft, releasing 18 from their contracts. The most notable of them likely was pitcher Peyton Culbertson.
Nationals 4, Marlins 3
Jose Urena started and took no decision, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks, with four strikeouts. Miguel Rojas had two hits for the Marlins, and Corey Dickerson launched his eighth homer of the season.
Nationals 6, Marlins 1
Miami totaled four singles in defeat versus the Nationals, getting swept for the second straight series. Julio Teheran (1-6, 4.29) took the loss, surrendering four runs (two earned) on eight hits and three walks. He struck out five.
Jose Urena was moved to the 60-day injured list, and Braxton Garrett was sent back to Wichita. Jordan Yamamoto and Trevor Rogers rejoined Miami.
Cubs 7, Marlins 4
Jonathan Villar (5) and Peter Bourjos (2) both went deep in defeat for the Marlins, who dropped their eighth straight. Matt Kemp and Bourjos each collected a pair of hits in the contest.
Yamamoto (0-1, 13.50) gave up five runs in 3 1/3 innings despite striking out six batters. Trevor Rogers whiffed two in a perfect ninth inning. Sixto Sanchez went back down to Wichita in favor of Braxton Garrett.
Marlins 9, Cubs 6
Miami finally got back into the win column with 34,525 in attendance at Wrigley Field on a Wednesday afternoon in May. Trevor Rogers (2-2, 6.43) got the win in relief. Ryne Stanek earned his first save with a scoreless ninth, although he did allow two baserunners.
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Caleb Smith was placed on the 15-day injured list, and Sixto Sanchez again joined the team. Going into week 10, the Marlins rotation have a collected three wins in the 2020 season. To wit, Sandy Alcantara (1-5), Julio Teheran (1-6), Aaron Sanchez (1-2), Jordan Yamamoto (0-1), and Braxton Garrett (0-0) are filling the five-man starting staff.
The Marlins sit at 22-33 after their ninth week, but somehow still are not sitting in last place. They remain one-half game ahead of the New York Mets. In the week ahead, the Marlins will complete their three-game set against the Cubs, a three game roadset against the Padres, and a three-game-home series versus the Philadelphia Phillies.