The Miami Marlins were finally able to put an end to a three-game losing skid on Wednesday night in Buffalo. After losing the first of two against the Blue Jays, the Marlins won a slugfest in extra innings, winning 14-11 after ten innings.
Jordan Yamamoto had a rough night on the mound, while Brian Anderson and Jesus Aguilar continued their hot streak. Here’s that and more from Wednesday’s big win at Sahlen Field which pushed Miami to 8-4.
The Marlins opened the game with a huge three-run bomb by Anderson against Nate Pearson and led 8-2 after the conclusion of three innings in NY. Teoscar Hernandez and Rowdy Tellez hit solo homers before Aguilar and Jonathan Villar restored an 11-4 Miami lead via a pair of RBI singles in the fifth.
The long ball then started to reign but not equally for both teams. Toronto made a spectacular comeback by tying the game with five home runs. First, Travis Shaw and Danny Jensen each hit a two-run homer in the fifth and the sixth, and then Vladimir Guerrero Jr. added a solo homer. Bo Bichette and Shaw hit a pair of solo home runs to bring back the parity and take it to extras.
In the top of the tenth inning, Magneuris Sierra gave the Marlins a lead with a two-run single by driving in Jon Berti and Eddy Alvarez. Also, Jesus Aguilar drove Sierra in to cement a memorable win for the Florida club up north in the state of New York.
Yamamoto’s second start of the campaign didn’t leave a good impression, and that’s an understatement. The second-year starter allowed four runs and walked two batters in three and a third innings while striking out five. The bullpen showed mixed signals: Brad Boxberger and Nick Vincent, previously good pieces, had an abysmal night, with the former blowing a safe in the eighth inning. Vincent surrendered two runs after coming in for Yamamoto for 1.2 innings.
However, Stephen Tarpley put an end to his recent struggles with a scoreless outing of two-thirds of an inning. Brandon Kintzler let only one runner on base, getting four outs and the win. His ERA on the season is now 1.24.
Win: Brandon Kintzler (2-1, 1.24 ERA)
Loss: Rafael Dolis (0-1, 4.70 ERA)
Save: Josh A. Smith (1 SV, 2.45 ERA)
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The dream top of the order: Brian Anderson and Jesus Aguilar have been by and large the two best hitters for the Marlins this season. Last night, they combined to drive in seven of fourteen Marlins runs. In addition, they registered four of fourteen Marlins hits on the night.
In part thanks to a first-inning home run, Anderson is now the only Marlins player with an OPS over 1.000. He leads the team’s batters, with Aguilar close in second place with a .974 OPS.
Resurgence coming?: Jonathan Villar has been very disappointing at the beginning of this young campaign. The former Orioles infielder/centerfielder has played up to a .224/.291/.306 line with a homer and just five walks.
The Dominican reached base three times out of five plate appearances, only for the second time this year.
Trouble in paradise: Brad Boxberger had been one of Miami’s best relievers, having not allowed a run in four innings. Until last night, of course.
The former Arizona closer was brought in for the eighth innings, allowing a game-tying pair of big flies and recording a blown save.
A bad start: Jordan Yamamoto’s 3.1 innings were the fewest he’s gone in a start in his career. He’s now allowed four or more runs in consecutive games for the first time since early August 2019.
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