Miami Marlins: 9 memorable moments from the 2021 season

Matt Melton
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 9: Lewis Brinson #25 of the Miami Marlins hits a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on August 9, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 9: Lewis Brinson #25 of the Miami Marlins hits a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on August 9, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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Miami Marlins relief pitcher Anthony Bender (Photo by Edward M. Pio Roda/Getty Images) /

Adam Duvall’s four game series in Atlanta

Signed by the Marlins as a free agent in the offseason, Duvall reversed his slow start to the season with a massive four-game series in Atlanta from April 12-15 against his former team, the Braves.

Across those four games, Duvall went a combined 7-for-14 offensively with three home runs and nine RBI’s, as well as collecting a hit in all four games. Included in that span was also a 4-for-5 showing with two home runs and seven RBI’s during Miami’s 14-8 win on April 13.

Anthony Bender’s two appearances in Atlanta

Speaking of performances in 2021 in Atlanta, it didn’t come in the same series as Duvall previously, but Bender also posted two memorable relief appearances against the Braves on July 2 and 4.

Despite the Marlins dropping both games, Bender pitched a combined three scoreless innings in which the right-hander struck out eight batters with no walks and only one hit. Headlining this series in Atlanta for Miami was Bender’s phenomenal showing on July 2 where he pitched two innings of relief striking out all six batters he faced.

Nick Fortes MLB debut

A former fourth round pick by Miami back in 2018, the Marlins called up Fortes for his MLB debut in mid-September, and the young catcher would not disappoint in that major league debut. Debuting on September 18, Fortes would single in his first-ever major league at-bat, and would then hit his first-career home run in his next at-bat.

Going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI’s in his debut, this would start an impressive stretch for Fortes to conclude the 2021 campaign where he hit four home runs across 14 games.

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