Sanabia Shuts Down Phillies
It's no question that Alex Sanabia has struggled all year, at times looking lost on the mound. However, outings like this on Monday are reminders of why the Marlins keep giving him so many chances. Going six and one-third innings and allowing just one run against a veteran lineup is an impressive task. Sanabia's only big mistake was leaving a first-pitch changeup up in the zone to Domonic Brown, who hit it well into the right field bleachers.
Sanabia's next start will likely be against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, which is sure to be a arduous outing considering the drastic contrast between the friendly confines of Marlins Park and the hitter friendly U.S. Cellular.
Marlins Lineup Clicks
Cole Hamels pitched very well Monday night, striking out ten Marlins and walking none in six innings of work. However, somehow, the Marlins still touched him for seven hits and two runs. Justin Ruggiano, who finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs batted in, hit an opposite field double to score Placido Polanco all the way from first base, giving Miami a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning. Placido Polanco, Marcell Ozuna, and Chris Coghlan all also had two hits. Facing Hamels was a formidable challenge, but the Marlins really stepped up to the plate to give Sanabia and the other Marlins pitchers some run support. For as much as I have ripped on the Miami bats this year, the Marlins should be pleased with how well their lineup performed on Monday night.