Miami Marlins Monday, Aug. 24, 2020: Rojas, Alfaro Return But Fish Fall to .500

by Mike Ferguson

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It was a tough week for the Miami Marlins, but there was good news.

After being sidelined following positive COVID-19 tests, infielder Miguel Rojas and catcher Jorge Alfaro returned to the Miami lineup. The two made instant impacts in Friday’s 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals.

For the week, the Marlins went just 2-5. Once six games over, Miami fell to .500. The Marlins will look to get back on track after dropping seven of nine.

Week in Review

New York Mets 11, Miami Marlins 4
Monday, Aug. 17

Robinson Cano and Pete Alonso each homered twice as the New York Mets blasted the Miami Marlins in the first game of what was supposed to be a 4-game set. The two combined for five runs scored and six RBIs. Dominic Smith was also 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Mets. Jonathan Villar was 2-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs scored for Miami.

New York Mets 8, Miami Marlins 3
Tuesday, Aug. 18

Brandon Nimmo and Amed Rosario each homered as the two combined to go 5-for-10 with five RBIs for New York. J.D. Davis also left the yard in the win. Magneuris Sierra and Brian Anderson were each 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Marlins.

New York Mets 5, Miami Marlins 3
Wednesday, Aug. 19

Michael Conforto’s 2-run home run in the top of the ninth broke a 3-3 tie and lifted the Mets to a series victory. The Marlins had tied the game with a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch followed by a walk in the bottom of the eighth. Jesus Aguilar and Matt Joyce each had two hits and a run scored for Miami.

New York Mets 0, Miami Marlins 0
Thursday, Aug. 20 (Postponed)

Due to a positive COVID-19 test from two members of the New York Mets, Thursday’s contest was postponed.

Miami Marlins 3, Washington Nationals 2
Friday, Aug. 21

In his return from the Injured List, Miguel Rojas supplied all the offense for Miami with a 3-run home run in the second inning. Trea Turner and Yan Gomes each hit solo home runs for Washington. Elieser Hernandez allowed just three hits in five innings to earn the win for the Marlins.

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Miami Marlins 4, Washington Nationals 5
Saturday, Aug. 22 (Doubleheader Game 1 — 7 innings)

The Miami Marlins cut a 5-run deficit down to one off All-Star Max Scherzer in the fifth inning, but left the bases loaded. Matt Joyce had a 2-run home run during that inning. Jonathan Villar finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the loss. Josh Harrison was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored for the Nationals. Turner scored a pair of runs in the win.

Washington Nationals 3, Miami Marlins 5
Saturday, Aug. 22 (Doubleheader Game 2 — 7 innings)

In his Major League debut, starting pitcher Sixto Sanchez earned the win for Miami, allowing three runs on six hits in five innings. Corey Dickerson hit a 2-run homer in the win. Jonathan Villar was 3-for-4 for the Marlins. Yan Gomes and Victor Robles each homered for Washington. Miami was playing as the home team in Washington.

Miami Marlins 3, Washington Nationals 9
Sunday, Aug. 23

Two runs for Washington in the fourth and five in the fifth turned Sunday’s contest into a rout. Trea Turner was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored for the Nationals. Luis Garcia was 3-for-3 with three runs scored in the win. On the mound, former Marlins’ starter Anibal Sanchez allowed just a run on five hits in seven innings. Dickerson was 2-for-2 and homered for the second straight game for Miami.

In the Standings

11-11, second place in National League East. Despite a dismal week, the Miami Marlins are in second place in the National League East. Miami is two games back of Atlanta and in good position for one of the five Wild Card spots. Miami holds a 1-game lead over the third-place Mets in the division.

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

Who’s Hot

Jonathan Villar, IF/OF
During the week, Jonathan Villar was 11-for-29. That’s good for a .379 average. Villar scored three runs, drove in two and hit his second home run of the year.

Corey Dickerson, OF
After a rough start to the season, Corey Dickerson had a solid week, going 8-for-22. That’s a .363 batting average to go with two home runs and three RBIs.

Who’s Not

Jesus Sanchez, OF
His first week in the big leagues wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Jesus Sanchez was just 1-for-11 with four strikeouts. He did drive in runs in consecutive days to end the week, including an RBI double for his first Major League hit on Sunday.

Lewis Brinson, OF
Although he made a spectacular catch in center field in Sunday’s loss to the Washington Nationals, Lewis Brinson continues to struggle at the dish. Brinson was 1-for-11 this past week. His lone hit was an RBI infield single in Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Nationals.

News, Notes and Recognitions

The Miami Marlins plan on being buyers at the Aug. 31 trade deadline. Miami is reportedly looking for relief pitching.

Marlins’ catcher Francisco Cervelli suffered a concussion on Saturday night and is headed to the 7-day Concussion List.

Upcoming This Week

Monday, Aug. 24: at Washington Nationals, 6:05 p.m. (Fox Sports Florida)
Tuesday, Aug. 25 through Thursday, Aug. 27: at New York Mets, 7:10 p.m. (Fox Sports Florida)
Friday, Aug. 28: vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 7:10 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Saturday, Aug. 29: vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 6:10 p.m. (Fox Sports Florida)
Sunday, Aug. 30: vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 1:10 p.m. (Fox Sports Florida)

Mike Ferguson is the managing editor for Fifth Quarter. Be sure to follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeWFerguson. Follow all of Mike’s work by liking his Facebook page.

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