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Marlins Bend and Break Against Cardinals

Good game takes a turn for the worse in a 4-3 Cardinals victory; Marlins split series.

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MLB: Miami Marlins at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Allow for a moment to realize how significant a player Ichiro is around the world. The Marlins outfielder picked up his 3,054 career hit today, surpassing Hall of Famer Rod Carew for the most hits in MLB history by a foreign-born player and came into sole possession of 23rd overall in all-time hits.

Ichiro has been been one of my favorite players since childhood, crushing baseballs all across the world since 1992. I will sincerely miss him when his time is done in Miami and baseball in general.

Bouncing back to the cold, bleak reality of today, the Marlins lost 4-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals this afternoon. Honestly, it was an entertaining game with 20 combined hits and above-average pitching for both sides.

While my standards may not be exceptionally high for what is classified as entertaining, we’re just days away from watching Justin Bour upset Aaron Judge in the first round of the Home Run Derby to eventually face Giancarlo Stanton in the Finals. They both approach the plate, square up, tighten their grip on the bat, and slowly lower it into the dirt. Realizing they can’t take a victory from their friend and teammate, they hug it out, raise the trophy together for the city, and the sun sets on a happy Miami. You heard it here first, folks.

The first inning opened with Dee Gordon’s leadoff single, him stealing second, reaching third off a pop fly, and being pushed in by a Marcell Ozuna line drive to right. From that point until the end of the game, the dynamics of the Marlins offense was dominated by Ozuna. At this point, the new leadership group is considering just renaming the team the Miami Marcells. That is if they don’t trade him first...

Tom Koehler had one of his better (?) starts of the season, allowing three earned runs over five innings (\_(ツ)_/). Additionally, he had seven strikeouts and three walks. We’re taking this just one step at a time...

For the Cardinals, Michael Wacha was dealing from the jump. He was pulled in the 6th with a final line of 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 9 K, 2 BB, and 6 H. Outside of Ozuna, he was generally able to force the Marlins into soft pop flies or infield singles. A quick breakdown of the scoring back and forth:

  • Ozuna made it 2-1 with a broken-bat RBI single to right in the third.
  • Voit smacked a two-out, two-run double off the right field wall in the third to put the Cardinals ahead 3-2.
  • Randal Grichuk hit a solo home run, his eighth, in the sixth to make it 4-2.
  • Ozuna added another RBI single in the seventh to pull the Fish within one, 4-3.

Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh allowed a leadoff single in the ninth to JT Realmuto, but otherwise was able to lock down his 17th save in 20 chances.

The Marlins end up splitting the four game series in St. Louis and will now travel to San Francisco for a three game set against the Giants before heading into the All-Star break. Dan Straily vs Matt Moore in game one tomorrow, Late Night with the Fish at 10:15 eastern.