Nothing like a trip to play the Majors’ worst team to cure what ails you. With wins in both games of a double-header against the Phillies on Tuesday, the Marlins got back to .500 for the first time since April. They now sit 5.5 games out of the second Wild Card.
In game one, Giancarlo Stanton hit his 46th home run, and team record 13th in August, but it was Ichiro’s longest blast since 2015 that was the difference. Marcell Ozuna homered in both games, and his long ball in the first inning of game two set the tone and put the Marlins up for good.
The team is playing so well Dan Straily has started to check the standings. I personally was skeptical, but you should really click that last link. It’ll convince you. Yes, I’m telling you there’s a chance. And more help is on the way: Justin Bour and Wei-Yin Chen are working their way back.
A legend has passed. Felo Ramirez, the Marlins’ Spanish-language broadcaster since the team’s inception, died Monday night in Miami. For those of you who don’t habla español, he was essentially the Spanish-language Vin Scully, so imagine the void he leaves. He will be sorely missed.
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