The Marlins played a meaningless game Saturday night in which Giancarlo Stanton did not hit a home run.
But hey, it’s still fun to win.
Odrisamer Despaigne took the mound for the Marlins in their penultimate game of the 2017 season. I still haven’t decided if Despaigne is good, but he sure was good in this one.
The 30-year-old righty should be in contention for a rotation spot in 2018 if he is back with the Marlins, and he made a final strong showing against the Atlanta Braves. Despaigne allowed just two earned runs over seven innings while striking out six batters and walking just one.
He even came up with a hit of his own in the third inning. Oh what a night!
Although Despaigne was very good, he didn’t actually need to be. The Marlins offense jumped on poor Lucas Sims, who was definitely wishing the season had ended yesterday.
The Fish put up a five-spot in the first inning, highlighted by a Derek Dietrich three-run bomb that produced a glorious bat drop and this phenomenal photo.
Brian Anderson’s RBI double in the second put Miami up 6-0, and Sims’ night was finished after recording just six outs.
That would be all of the scoring until the fifth, when Stanton drove in Miguel Rojas with a single, much to the dismay of the Marlins fans. These people just want home runs at this point.
It was an 8-0 game in the top of the seventh when the Braves finally got to Despaigne. RBI singles from Dansby Swanson and Matt Adams got Atlanta 25 percent of the way back into the game.
The Marlins, however, would get those two runs right back in the eighth on Tyler Moore’s two-RBI single.
Dee Gordon made his presence felt on the base paths again Saturday, stealing his 59th and 60th bags of the season to take the major league lead over Billy Hamilton. So there’s a storyline for Sunday.
Rojas also had a big night, going 4-for-5 with an RBI. He ended up just a home run shy of the cycle, but Rojas seems to have trouble hitting those.
Chris O’Grady, who is a reliever now, pitched a scoreless eighth, and Brian Ellington tossed the ninth to close out a 10-2 Marlins win. The Fish improved to 77-84 with just one game remaining in this unforgiving 2017 season.
That’s right, we’re just nine innings (presumably) away from the end of the season. It sure has been an interesting one.
It will be Jose Urena against Max Fried at Marlins Park Sunday at 3:10 p.m. for the season finale. Then we can start to get excited for 2018 (unless, of course, Jeter and friends trade Stanton).