Coming into this four-game road series against the San Francisco Giants, the Marlins were inching on a .500 record at 8-9. The Giants came in at second place in the NL West while the Marlines were itching at 4th in the NL East. With that said, let’s review this series:
Game One: Marlins 0 – Giants 3
This game was bad, but it could’ve been way worse. The Marlins’ bats were clearly put in the cryo freezer as they only had two hits the entire game. The offense couldn’t get anything going, no matter what they swung at. The Giants’ pitchers had the Marlins number the whole game. Aaron Sanchez, the Giants starting pitcher that game, had thrown for five innings, only allowing two hits in total. The Giants bullpen played fantastic, allowing no hits and struck out six batters in four innings, with Jake McGee striking out all three for his seventh save.
The Marlins’ pitching, on the other hand, was horrendous aside from the bullpen. Daniel Castano pitched horribly, especially in the first inning where the Giants’ three runs were scored. He also had two walks, which told Don Mattingly to pull him out. The reliefs of Zach Pop and John Curtiss pitched the final three innings with no hits.
It was an ugly game all around, and the only bright side that showed was that the bullpen can play when it’s necessary. Well, there was also a bunny that stole the game:
Game Two: Marlins 3 – Giants 5
While the Marlins may have lost, it was at least an improvement from yesterday’s showing. They must’ve ordered some Florida heat from Amazon with overnight shipping as in the 1st, Jazz Chisholm Jr. homered a ball to right field for 427 feet. This young rookie is one of the most exciting ones this season:
The Marlins were quiet until it became crunch time in the 9th inning. After a hit from Rosas, Agular stepped in, homering to left for 353 feet. If only the rest of the offense could’ve kept the tempo those two set, then they could’ve brought the game to extra innings. Sadly, it doesn’t always work that way.
The pitching was lackluster for the Marlins. Sandy Alcantara pitched five total innings, resulting in four hits, four walks, and two earned runs, with one of those hits being a Giants two-run homer from Yastrzemski. The bullpen was decent, besides Adam Cimber who allowed two hits, a walk, and three earned runs; it was not a pretty outing for him, to put it nicely. Jordan Holloway closed the game with an inning pitched with a strikeout.
The Giants had a much better time pitching by a long shot. Giants pitcher Zach Wood only allowed one hit through seven innings which was the Jazz homer mentioned earlier. The Giants’ bullpen did their job to close out the game.
The Giants had the Marlins’ name for the third straight time they’ve played this season, Would the Marlins fortunes change in Game Three of this series? That was the question on fans’ minds, and only the future could hold that answer.
Game Three: Marlins 5 – Giants 2
The answer was certified yes. The bats didn’t warm up until the 7th, but they came out scorching as Jon Berti hit a solo home run to left-center for 406 ft; the score was tied 1-1. The ninth inning is where this team truly shined as Jesus Aguilar hit a two-run home run to left-center for 407 feet; the Marlins had their number 3-1. After a triple by Dickerson that brought a runner in and Berti sac fly that brought Dickerson home, the game was set in stone.
The Marlins’ pitching improved drastically. In six innings, Pablo Lopez allowed only two hits and one run while striking out seven batters on the night. Bass did well in his inning pitching only one hit and one strikeout, and Floro had a no-hit inning in the 8th, which earned him his first win of the season. Yimi Garcia allowed a home run in the ninth, which to say the least, didn’t matter much as he was able to close out the game with ease after that blunder.
The defense was outstanding, the hitting was on point, and it was everything needed to secure the W that day. Could the momentum continue to rise from this win, or will they fall yet again, losing the series 1-3?
Game Four: Marlins 3 – Giants 4
Only one word can describe what traspired this afternoon leading into the evening: WHAT.
When you see that the first batter is walked to start the game, chances are that you’re in for a long game, and that’s what it was. After the first inning, the Giants had three hits off of Paul Campbell that resulted in three runs (a bunt single to snag in a runner, and a triple to drive two more in). At least he was striking people out, right? Well, Campbell was taken out in the fifth after allowing yet another hit; the Marlins brought in Bleier to hopefully stop the bleeding.
That didn’t work at all; in just one inning played, he allowed two more hits and another earned run after a sac fly to left field. He was pulled out and John Curtiss was set into relief for him.
Logan Webb for the Giants had a stellar game, and the Marlins hitters couldn’t seem to do anything against him as they were only able to have three hits on him. Once he was pulled out, the tides turned as in the 8th inning, Rojas singled, and Jesus Aguilar homered to left for 397 feet on Wisler for a two-run homer. This was the third game in a row Aguilar has homered; the Marlins had something going.
After finishing out the 8th inning, the 9th came along; the Marlins needed a rally. Dickerson reached on an infield single, but after that hit, Duvall struck out and Berti grounded on a fielder’s choice that led Dickerson to be out at second; two outs, one man on base. Leon pinch hit for Wallach and singled to center, putting Berti at third. Then, after Brinson singled to right center, sending Berti home and making it a 3-4 game.
However, it was all nigh; Chisholm Jr. grounded out to second, ending the comeback. The Marlins have dropped the series to the Giants, and Tyler Rodgers for the Giants records the save.
The relievers did what they had to do, combining for only one hit after the Campbell and Bleier blunder at the mound. The pitching was horrendous at the start, and the offense became hot when it was too late if you want to sum it all up.
If this series has shown anything, it’s that the Marlins are inconsistent. The pitchers must find ways to stop having these multi-run innings as it can make or break a game and/or a series, and the hitters on deck must find ways to have better contact on balls thrown. The bats also must come alive earlier in games; while I do like 8th and 9th inning runs and home runs, there are still seven innings before that.
Something must be done or else this season would be a waste, especially after the run the Marlins had last season. Let’s hope the bats are hot for the Marlins’ next three-game series against the Brewers.