Jon Berti goes yard twice in Marlins win over Brewers

Jon Berti Marlins Brewers

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Miami, Florida – Jon Berti stepped up in a big way slugging two home runs helping the Miami Marlins win 6-1 over the Milwaukee Brewers clinching the series. It’s his second career multi-HR game with the last being on May 4, 2022, versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. The fighting fish were without Luis Arraez who was sidelined from the crucial contest due to slipping on the dugout steps the night before. Berti finished the day going 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

He wasn’t the only one hitting milestones. Tanner Scott recorded his 100th strikeout of the season becoming the second Marlins reliever to do so behind Kyle Barraclough. Xavier Edwards also produced his first career three-hit game. Josh Bell added to the run support clobbering his 22nd bomb of the season. Bell went 3-for-4 as part of the team’s 17-hit barrage. Edward Cabrera got the win improving to 7-7 for 2023. The righty threw five innings of one-run ball, punching out just as many. Miami improves to 81-75 and completes their home schedule finishing 46-35 at loanDepot Park.

Clawing for the playoffs

Berti opened up the scoring with a solo shot to AutoNation Alley at the bottom of the second. Bell swung opposite field the following frame making it 2-0. After grounding into a bases-loaded inning-ending double play back in the first, Bryan De La Cruz redeemed himself in his second at-bat with a two-run bloop single to center field. The early four-run rush knocked out Brewers starter Freddy Peralta.

Cabrera found himself in a bit of trouble during the fifth. Brice Turang led off with a single advancing to second on a stolen base. He was knocked in by Tyrone Taylor prompting a meeting on the mound. Miami’s starter regained control forcing Christian Yelich into a huge double play before retiring William Contreras to end the rally.

Later that inning Berti came back for more stroking his second dinger to make it 6-1 Marlins. They loaded the bases again in the sixth only for Jazz Chisholm to ground into another frustrating 1-2-3 double play. Despite this, the bullpen kept the Brew Crew from scoring additional runs scattering three hits among them.

Impressions

If you had told me back in late July, early August the team would still be in the thick of it I’d say you were crazy. With six games remaining, the Miami Marlins are one game out of the final wildcard spot. This is with the nightmarish portion of the schedule in August, the injuries, and the -51 run differential. To be fair though, the last bit isn’t all that important. I mean The Chicago Cubs run differential is 101 and we’re nipping at their heels. Taking two out of three versus Milwaukee is big, not only because they rebounded after the embarrassing 16-1 loss Friday night but they’re going on the road powered by two straight wins. Momentum is a precious thing and they’re going to need it in New York. Although already eliminated the Mets will love to play spoiler, especially in dashing the hopes of a division rival. The way I see it, the Marlins will need to win at least four of their last six games.

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