Miami Marlins San Francisco

Miami, Florida – Two home runs are just what the Fish needed as the Miami Marlins powered their way over the San Francisco Giants Friday night. Overcoming their struggles at home, especially in the power department, both Jazz Chisholm and Starling Marte went yard for the 4-1 win on Jackie Robinson Day. Fans and both teams alike were treated to a pitchers duel between Daniel Castano and Anthony Desclafani. Castano tossed five frames of one-run ball scattering three hits. He got ahead of the hitters issuing only a pair of walks. His lone blemish was in the fourth where he gave up San Francisco’s singular run. The Southpaw got the no-decision. However, he did his part on the mound and helped the team win.

After a scoreless three innings, the Giants got on the board first. Mike Yastrzemski doubled to get things started followed by an RBI single from Evan Longoria. Castano settled down and retired the next three batters to get out of the inning.

Miami responded in the fifth with an impressive homer from Jazz Chisholm. Sonic, as some of us like to call him, took DeSclafani deep to right-center field. It was Chisholm’s third bomb of the year.

Miguel Rojas followed up with a double but was left stranded at third. Pinch-hitter Jon Berti and Corey Dickerson were both retired to end the frame.

San Francisco threatened in the sixth in an attempt to break the deadlock. Adam Cimber replaced Castano to start the inning. Yastrzemski tripled putting a runner in scoring position. Cimber fanned Longoria and then walked pinch-hitter Brandon Belt to put runners at the corners. This led to another offensive substitution. Pinch-hitter Alex Dickerson replaced Darin Ruf but Cimber induced the pop-up to get out unscathed.

Bombs Away!

Starling Marte smashed his second homer of the season in the eighth. The outfielder got a hold of Wandy Peralta’s 96 mph fastball and launched it towards left-center for the 3-run blast. Jesus Aguilar drew a walk and Dickerson singled prior to the at-bat. Throughout the night the offense was relatively quiet, going 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position. Marte’s bomb broke the tie and became the difference-maker. 

The Fish have struggled to get over the friendly fences in 2021 but no one is surprised. It’s somewhat expected due to loanDepot park (The Big D) being advantageous to the pitchers. They’ve hit four of their 11 dingers at home in 2021.  However, seven games is a very small sample size. Regardless, the offensive burst from Marte is just what the team needed to bounce back after losing at Atlanta in the series finale. With the win, the team improves to 6-7 overall and 2-5 at The Big D.

Familiar Foe

Anthony Desclafani was once a Marlin. In 2014 he made 13 appearances and 5 starts going 2-2 with a 6.27 ERA. The Cincinnati Reds traded Mat Latos to Miami for Anthony DeSclafani and Chad Wallach. He also played for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on a rehab assignment by the Reds back in May 2018. The Blue Wahoos became the Marlins’ Double-A affiliate, taking over for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp who was promoted to Triple-A continuing their affiliation with Miami. This was all part of MLB’s minor league realignment.

On October 28, 2020, Desclafani opted for free agency. He was signed by the Giants on December 16 of that same year. In his outing against the Marlins, he did a great job keeping the team’s bats fairly contained. Desclafani limited them to a run, the longball by Chisholm. Considering the offensive production on their road stint, the former Fish did well.

Game Notes

Jazz Chisholm Jr.: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 1 Run, 1 RBI

Both Brian Anderson and Adam Duvall went 0-for-4

San Francisco Giants scored one run on five hits, committing no errors

Miami Marlins scored four runs on seven hits committing one error

Team LOB – SF: 6, MIA: 4

Photo Credit | JC Ruiz

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Gabriel Garcia
Just an avid sports fan who happens to have a love-hate (mostly love) relationship with his local teams be it collegiate or professional and also happens to be a news junkie. Mix in outstanding optimism with cold realism and you've got yourself a balanced cocktail perfect for champions.

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