The Miami Marlins (2-3) defeated the Houston Astros (2-3) by a score of 9-5, in the second game ever played at the new ballpark in West Palm Beach.
Miguel Rojas strengthened his case for being included on the Marlins opening day roster with a big afternoon. With two-on in the second inning, he launched a no-doubt home run into the seats. He tallied his fourth RBI of the day on a two-out sacrifice fly in the fourth. Rojas is competing for a spot on the bench as a backup infielder.
Christian Yelich continued his red-hot start, depositing his second home run of the spring into the left field seats. He also added a first inning sac fly to bring his Grapefruit RBI total to seven.
Isaac Galloway hit the Marlins third home run of the day and it was not a cheapy! He smashed one to straight away centerfield and made a friend in the process. Alex, on spring break from the University of Michigan, tried to catch the home run ball on the fly, but instead caught nothing but grass. Nice try!
E for effort! #Marlins pic.twitter.com/2T3OMO3JqS— Seth Guttman (@SethGuttman) March 1, 2017
Tom Koehler (1-0) started the game for the Marlins; his second spring training appearance of 2017. He allowed one hit, one run, issued two walks, and struck out two batters in two innings of work. Edinson Volquez entered in the third inning and went two scoreless innings. Scott Copeland gave up four runs in two innings on the mound. Dustin McGowan, Brian Elington, and Nick Wittgren all went an inning each without allowing a run.
The Marlins tallied ten hits from ten different players in the win. Dee Gordon and Brian Anderson doubled; Justin Bour, Marcell Ozuna, Destin Hood, Austin Nola, and Tomas Telis each reached on a single.
The Marlins are back in action tomorrow at 1:10 PM against the New York Mets. You can watch the game live on MLB Network.