Miami Marlins Monday, Aug. 31, 2020: Fish Fall Below .500 for First Time

by Mike Ferguson

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For the first time all season, the Miami Marlins have a losing record.

After falling to 11-11, the week started well for Miami. The Marlins beat the Washington Nationals before sweeping a doubleheader against the New York Mets.

Unfortunately for the Marlins, they would drop their next four games. They begin the new week with a record of 14-15.

Week in Review

Miami Marlins 11, Washington Nationals 8
Monday, Aug. 24

A 6-run fourth inning for the Miami Marlins blew things wide open as Miami clinched the 5-game series win over Washington. Matt Joyce, Jesus Aguilar and Corey Dickerson all had three hits in the win. Jon Berti hit his first home run of the year. Adam Eaton homered and drove in four runs for the Nationals.

Miami Marlins 4, New York Mets 0
Tuesday, Aug. 25 (Doubleheader Game 1 — 7 innings)

Daniel Castano was unable to get the win, but threw 4.2 shutout innings for the Marlins. The New York Mets left 11 men on base in the loss. Brian Anderson was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored for Miami. Lewin Diaz added an RBI single for the Marlins.

New York Mets 0, Miami Marlins 3
Tuesday, Aug. 25 (Doubleheader Game 2 — 7 innings)

The Marlins managed just two hits, but one of them was a 2-run double by Anderson in the fourth. Trevor Rogers worked four scoreless shutout innings in his big-league debut for Miami. Jon Berti stole second, third and home in the sixth inning. The Mets left eight on base. Miami was the home team at Citi Field.

Miami Marlins 4, New York Mets 5
Wednesday, Aug. 26

The Marlins scored three runs in the eighth inning to tie the game, but the Mets went ahead in the bottom of the eighth on Wilson Ramos’ RBI single. Michael Conforto was 2-for-2 with an RBI and three runs scored for the Mets. Brandon Nimmo homered in the win. Despite going hitless, Corey Dickerson drove in two runs for Miami.

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Miami Marlins 0, New York Mets 0 (Postponed)
Thursday, Aug. 27

The Mets and Marlins joined the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks in boycotting contests to protest racial injustice. The teams will make up the game on Monday. Lewis Brinson laid a “Black Lives Matter” shirt across home plate after the teams took a 42-second moment of silence to honor Jackie Robinson.

Tampa Bay Rays 2, Miami Marlins 0
Friday, Aug. 28

After seven scoreless innings, the Tampa Bay Rays broke through with a run in the eighth and another in the ninth. In just his second career start, Miami’s Sixto Sanchez tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just six hits and a walk while striking out 10. Ryan Yarbrough threw 6.2 shutout innings for the Tampa Bay Rays. Austin Meadows was 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Rays. Jon Berti had two of Miami’s five hits.

Tampa Bay Rays 4, Miami Marlins 0
Saturday, Aug. 29

For a second straight day, the Marlins and Rays were scoreless through five innings. Joey Wendle finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored for Tampa Bay. Miami managed just three hits. Josh Fleming tossed 5.1 shutout innings for the Rays in the victory.

Tampa Bay Rays 12, Miami Marlins 7
Sunday, Aug. 30

Willy Adames’ grand slam highlighted a 7-run fifth inning as the Rays completed the 3-game sweep of Miami. Kevin Kiermeier, Wendle and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo also homered for Tampa Bay. Corey Dickerson broke up the shutout for Miami with a solo home run in the fourth. Garrett Cooper and Lewis Brinson each hit their first homers of the season for Miami. Cooper finished with two runs scored and four RBIs in the loss.

In the Standings

14-15, second place in National League East. Although they now own a losing record, the Miami Marlins remain in second place in the National League East. The Marlins are three games back of the Atlanta Braves and tied with the Philadelphia Phillies. Miami holds a 1.5-game lead over the fourth-place New York Mets.

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

Who’s Hot

Sixto Sanchez, P
In just his second career start, pitcher Sixto Sanchez dazzled for Miami against the Tampa Bay Rays. In Friday’s 2-0 loss, Sanchez became the first Marlins’ starter to go seven innings this season. Sanchez did not allow a run and yielded just one walk. Sanchez struck out 10 and scattered six hits.

Lewis Brinson, OF
After a slow start, Lewis Brinson finally seems to have found his groove. This week, Brinson was 5-for-15 (.333) with two runs scored, two RBIs and his first home run of the season. Brinson also had a double.

Who’s Not

Sandy Alcantara, P
In his first start since recovering from COVID-19, Sandy Alcantara was far from his best on Sunday. In a 12-7 loss to the Rays, Alcantara allowed eight runs — five earned — in four innings. Alcantara got little help from his defense, but allowed two home runs, six hits and a pair of walks. His ERA rose to 5.06.

Jorge Alfaro, C
Catcher Jorge Alfaro had his first RBI of the season, but overall has still not returned to form. For the week, Alfaro was 2-for-16 with two runs scored and an RBI. Alfaro struck out six times in his 16 at-bats.

News, Notes and Recognitions

In the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Mets, Jon Berti became the first Marlins’ player to steal three bases in an inning.

Pitcher Sandy Alcantara, catcher Chad Wallach, first baseman Garrett Cooper and pitchers Robert Dugger and Yimi Garcia all returned after missing time with COVID-19.

Upcoming This Week

Monday, Aug. 31: at New York Mets, 1:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Florida)
Tuesday, Sept. 1 and Wednesday, Sept. 2: vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 6:40 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Florida)
Friday, Sept. 4 and Saturday, Sept. 5: at Tampa Bay Rays, 6:40 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Florida)
Sunday, Sept. 6: at Tampa Bay Rays, 1:10 p.m. ET (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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