The Miami Marlins got back on their winning ways on Tuesday night as they defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-3 in the series opener inside Marlins Park.
The Miami Marlins needed a win badly as soon as possible. Losers in seven of their last ten, the Marlins returned him after a 10-game, 3-city road trip needing to break recent trends. As you’ve read by now, the Marlins did just that on Tuesday night.
Alcantara was dominant early-on as he fired four straight scoreless innings to start, combined with the Marlins taking an early 3-0 lead due to a 3-run HR from returning 3B Brian Anderson. The Diamondbacks later added two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to make it a 3-2 game, and then tied the game with a Eduardo Escobar RBI single in the eighth.
It was a massive eighth inning for the Miami Marlins.
Yes, the Diamondbacks did tie the game in the eighth, but the contributions Miami received in-particular from reliever Richard Bleier were massive. After Arizona tied the game in the top of the eighth, Bleier came in with the bases-loaded to strike out three consecutive batters to get the Marlins out of a massive jam.
The Marlins later claimed the lead due to back-to-back RBI singles from Jesus Aguilar and Corey Dickerson, and then blew-it wide open with a 3-run HR from Lewis Brinson. The Marlins scored six runs in the Bottom of the 8th, combined with Adam Cimber closing the door in the ninth to give the Marlins a 9-3 victory.
This was a big win for the Marlins, not only because it was much-needed, but because of the contributions they received. Anderson’s return was big for this club, while contributions from Miguel Rojas, Brinson, and Bleier played a massive role tonight.
The Marlins will return to the field on Wednesday night against the Diamondbacks with first pitch scheduled for 6:40 pm ET. The Marlins probable starter is Pablo Lopez (0-2, 2.34 ERA), while the Diamondbacks will send Luke Weaver (1-2, 4.91 ERA) to the mound.