The Miami Marlins topped the Atlanta Braves at an empty Truist Park in Atlanta, GA.
Although it’s true that the game didn’t “count,” per se, it was hard not to get excited when Jorge Alfaro, Miguel Rojas, and Jonathan Villar went back-to-back-to-back to lead off the third inning. On the other side of the diamond, Jose Ureña did enough to keep the Atlanta Braves scoreless through three despite a pair of walks. More on the first three innings here.
Garrett Cooper struck out to lead off the fourth inning against Mike Foltynewicz, still pitching despite his rude awakening from the inning prior. Foltynewicz then got Harold Ramirez to fly out and Isan Diaz to strike out on three pitches.
Yimi Garcia came in to pitch the fourth for the Miami Marlins, and got Marcell Ozuna to watch strike three to lead things off. Matt Adams popped out and Ender Inciarte ended the inning by flying out to left.
In the fifth, the same three guys who went deep in the third each got onto base with a single, loading the bags with no outs. After a Brian Anderson force out, Corey Dickerson smacked a two-run single into center field. Jesus Aguilar then singled into left to drive home BA. Cooper grounded into a double play to end the frame.
Brandon Kintzler came in to pitch the fifth for Miami, and welcomed Austin Riley with a four-pitch strikeout. Dansby Swanson got on first by singling into left, but he was erased by a fantastic throw by defensive replacement at catcher Francisco Cervelli. It was a perfect throw despite Cervelli failing to get to his feet. Pop time what?
Harold Ramirez greeted Braves reliever Josh Tomlin with a 1-0 double to lead off the sixth frame. After Diaz popped out harmlessly to shortstop, Cervelli squeaked out a dribbler to the right side which moved Ramirez to third but failed to get himself to base safely. Rojas lined out to former Marlin Ozuna for the third out.
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We got to get a look at Marlins reliever Jeff Brigham in the sixth inning. On the Fox broadcast, commentator Todd Hollandsworth noted similarities between Brigham and early-2019 Nick Anderson. Specifically, he mentioned how he’ll have eight great appearances followed by one terrible one.
Brigham did his best to show one of the good ones, getting two outs and showing a fastball topping out at 94.6 MPH before walking Freeman on four pitches. Ozuna followed with a double into left field to score Freeman to finally get Atlanta on the board.