After spending more than six weeks on the disabled list with an oblique strain, Marlins first baseman Justin Bour finally returned to the lineup Friday against the Braves.
Bour went 1-for-3 while drawing a walk and scoring a run in his debut before exiting for a pinch runner in the eighth inning.
The other exciting news in Atlanta was that the Marlins actually won a game. After losing five in a row, Miami finally found the win column with a 7-1 victory over the Braves.
Jose Urena started and regained his form, striking out five batters and allowing just one run over 6.1 innings. Urena also helped himself out with an RBI single in the second.
Ichiro Suzuki got the start in right field with Giancarlo Stanton getting the day off, and the future Hall of Famer made the most of it. Ichiro went 1-for-3 with a walk and scored two runs while also again putting his name in the record books.
Ichiro with his 2500th single, just the 6th player in MLB history to reach that mark (Rose, Cobb, Collins, Jeter, Keeler). @Marlins— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) September 9, 2017
Dee Gordon also found himself in the record books after picking up his 50th stolen base of the season in the ninth.
We become the 3rd team in MLB history to have one player reach 50 home runs (@Giancarlo818) and another reach 50 steals (@FlashGJr)! ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/ylxcgYpNjT— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) September 9, 2017
While the Braves made a very nice gesture in giving free tickets to Marlins fans, they rubbed some people the wrong way by playing “Rock You Like a Hurricane” at the stadium Thursday night. The Braves, however, realized their mistake, and issued an apology.
While the Marlins are dealing with the Braves, the city of Miami is trying to figure out how to deal with Hurricane Irma, but the stadium staff has a plan in place to keep Marlins Park in one piece.
Meanwhile, if the storm does impact the city like it could, the Marlins may have to extend their current road trip. However, that should be the last thing on Miami’s mind.
Elsewhere in the league, an old friend was randomly called up to the big leagues. Former Marlin Chris Volstad, who has thrown just 10.1 big league innings since 2013, was promoted to the majors by the White Sox. Volstad came up with the Marlins in 2008 and made 102 starts for the Fish before being traded to the Cubs for Carlos Zambrano.
Speaking of former members of the Marlins family, it turns out that David Samson learned of his firing in an awkward fashion.
Despite new owners Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman not handling that situation in the best way possible, their recent meeting with other Marlins officials reportedly went smoothly.
Things are also going well for Odrisamer Despaigne, who is due to become a father this week.