The Miami Marlins were a part of the first Major League Baseball game in Buffalo in 105 years on Tuesday night. It wasn’t a night worth celebrating, however, with the Marlins losing to the Blue Jays, 5-4 in extra innings, at Sahlen Field for their third loss in a row.
Despite Elieser Hernandez’s solid start on the mound, Miami wasn’t able to overcome a weak offensive night and a Travis Shaw walk-off hit in the tenth innings. Here’re all the notes from a disappointing night in Buffalo for the 7-4 Marlins.
Hernandez went five scoreless innings on the mound before allowing a three-run home run to Bo Bichette in the sixth innings. This ended a streak of 9.1 scoreless going back to his first start. The only run of support he received was a solo shot over the fence by Brian Anderson in the second inning. Moreover, this would end up being one of just four hits for Miami for the game.
Cavan Biggio extended Toronto’s lead to 4-1 in the top of the seventh, driving in Randal Grichuk with an RBI single. This would seem like a safe lead until Francisco Cervelli hit a three-run bomb to left-center against Anthony Bass in the ninth to take the game into extra innings.
Lewis Brinson started the Marlins’ half of the tenth on second base. Then, with two men out, Toronto intentionally walked Jonathan Villar. However, Jon Berti was unable to capitalize on a situation with two runners in scoring positions. This ended up being very costly as Shaw’s RBI-single marked a walk-off win for the Blue Jays in their first game in Buffalo.
Except for Anderson’s homer, Hyun Jin Ryu was excellent over six frames, surrendering just two hits and striking out seven alongside two bases on balls. In addition, Biggio and Bichette both posted two-hit performances for the night.
Win: A.J. Cole (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Loss: Stephen Tarpley (2-1, 3.18 ERA)
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Is Tarpley overused? Stephen Tarpley had his worst relief outing of the year, coming in for the tenth inning and recording the loss. The former Yankee has now allowed three hits, two runs and a walk in his past two-thirds of an inning. Overall, four out of five outings for Tarpley have been on 0/1 day rest. He hadn’t allowed a run until Friday at Citi Field.
Boxberger continues resurgence: Brad Boxberger is yet to allow a run in five appearances as a reliever (4.1 innings).
The golden replacement: Jorge Alfaro’s absence was thought to be a great loss for an already weak Miami lineup. The Marlins avoided another hole with their backup catcher, Francisco Cervelli, who is one of three hitters with more than one home run (Brian Anderson and Jesus Aguilar). Furthermore, his OPS of .783 is the third-highest amongst Miami batters this season.
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