Don’t look now but the Marlins are just as good after their return to play as before that unexpected hiatus. Miami has won each of the first three games on the road against the Orioles, sweeping a doubleheader on Wednesday night to move to 5-1.
Just a day after Pablo Lopez dominated Baltimore, Elieser Hernandez impressed as well. The Marlins’ fifth starter threw 4-1/3 innings, allowing just two hits and no runs. Additionally, he also struck out five and walked just one.
Hernandez was replaced by Nick Vincent with runners on first and third in the fifth with one out. On his first pitch, Vincent provided a double-play groundball which ended the inning and kept a 1-0 lead for Miami. Brian Anderson’s home run in the top half of the inning made the difference. Meanwhile, Brendan Kintzler got his second save after allowing just one hit in the seventh.
Win: Nick Vincent (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Loss: Alex Cobb (1-1, 2.51 ERA)
Save: Brendan Kintzler (S, 2)
In the second game at Camden Yards, Miami was technically billed as the “home” team, batting in the bottom halves of the seven innings. Don Mattingly elected to go for a bullpen game, starting Josh A. Smith. Smith went two innings in his first start since June 8th last year, then with the Red Sox. Brian Moran, who pitched an almost spotless inning, got the win.
Miami attacked Asher Wojciechowski early in the first. First, Jesus Aguilar drove in Jonathan Villar with a sacrifice fly, with Jon Berti advancing to third base. Berti would go on to score a second run for the Marlins, coming in from a Brian Anderson single to centerfield. Austin Hays got a run back for Baltimore in the sixth but Stephen Tarpley made the last four outs of the game for his first dave on the year.
Win: Brian Moran (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Loss: Asher Wojciechowski (0-2, 5.40 ERA)
Save: Stephen Tarpley (S, 1)
MLB Debuts: Sterling Sharp came into a Major League game for the first time in the nightcap, throwing a scoreless 1-1/3 innings. Sharp spent four seasons in the minor leagues, posting a 3.71 ERA in 69 starts. Washington drafted Sharp in the 22nd round in 2016 before the Marlins claimed him in December 2019.
Eddy Alvarez, a six-year minor-leaguer and a former Olympic silver medalist in figure skating, also made his MLB debut during Game-One. Alvarez went 0-for-3 batting eighth and was later substituted for Magneuris Sierra. The Miami native entered the league in 2014, signing with the White Sox, and was traded to his hometown team in 2019.
Anderson strikes: Brian Anderson was responsible for two of the Marlins three runs on Wednesday. Overall, the power-hitter has started well, collecting a homer, 3 RBI, a .412 OBP, and a .873 OPS in his first 13 at-bats.
Rotation shines: The Miami Marlins starting rotation came into the season with huge expectations, dictating the direction of the rebuild. In has certainly delivered thus far, going for a 3.00 ERA in its first turn, eighth-best in Major League Baseball
The bullpen continues to Improve: Marlins relievers surrendered just a single run during seven and two-thirds innings during the two games of the doubleheader. Also, Brendan Kintzler is yet to concede a run in three innings as a closer while getting two saves.
Starting off strong: Five wins out of six games is the best start to a Miami campaign since the same record in 2014. Between 2014 and 2020, the most games the Marlins won during the first six-game stretch was three.
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