Miami, FL – The losing skid continues as the Miami Marlins suffered another defeat, their sixth in a row, to the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday night at Marlins Park. The Fish were shut out for the 18th time this season, by a score of 5-0. Sandy Alcantara (4-11, 4.15 ERA) had a rough first inning, giving up a historic three-run blast to put the visitors ahead early.
Aristides Aquino went deep to left on a 2-2 count, it was his 13th home run of the season. What makes it so special is that it was on his 100th career plate appearance. The record-setting round-tripper is the most for anyone in MLB history in that span.
Alcantara recovered and went on to pitch an effective outing the rest of the way, giving up just one more run in the fourth, an RBI double by Tucker Barnhart. He finished the night lasting six innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits while fanning eight.
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Cincinnati tacked on another run in the eighth after Eugenio Suarez smashed the ball into oblivion off of Jeff Brigham over to left-center field. None of the outfielders so much as moved, they knew it was gone.
The Fish were unable to provide any sort of run support tonight, putting up two hits through nine frames. In fact, they went through the first three innings hitless. Neil Walker broke the monotony with a single in the fourth, only for Garrett Cooper to ground into a double play.
The former Marlin Anthony DeSclafani pitched a wonderful game, keeping Miami’s bats irrelevant for seven innings. He bullied eight hitters back to the dugout, earning the win to improve to 9-7. He was traded back in 2014 to the Cincinnati Reds for Mat Latos.
The two teams have faced off six times this season with Cincy winning every single contest.
Having already lost the series, the Miami Marlins will look to bounce back tomorrow for the fourth and final game of the series, hoping to avoid a sweep.
It’s that time of year again, the September call ups. If there’s anyone to keep an eye on for the Marlins, take a gander at a youngster by the name of Jesús Sánchez. The outfielder from the Dominican Republic was acquired during the trade deadline in the deal that shipped off Nick Anderson and Trevor Richards to the Tampa Bay Rays. Sánchez was the second highest-ranked prospect to be moved in July. Who was the top one? A fella named Taylor Trammell who was sent to the San Diego Padres as part of a three-team deal. He entered the season as the league’s number 11 prospect, according to Baseball Prospectus. Jesús Sánchez meanwhile, is already in Triple-A New Orleans. He’s only 21.
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Slated as the organization’s #3 prospect and #40 in the league, this guy could be our newest addition to the rightfield in 2020. He may even make an appearance to the big show before the season is over. So far he’s hitting a slash line of .246/.338/.446 in 17 games and 65 at-bats. The outfielder also has four homers and nine RBIs. Development permitting, the sooner we get the rookie to Miami the better. His addition will be a nice upgrade for the OF Corps that badly needs some more umph behind them. Here’s to an exciting debut for the kid, whenever that happens.
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