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J.B. Shuck has strong debut, Dillon Peters takes control

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Marlins beat the Pirates 7-2.

Pittsburgh Pirates v Miami Marlins Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Miami Marlins tonight had an array of things go right for them in a nice bounce back win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The offense was there and pitching held strong throughout. On the other hand the Pirates struggled with defense, hitting, and pitching.

Dillon Peters had a successful day going six innings, giving up four hits, two earned runs, two walks and striking out three. The first few innings of the game looked like Peters command could falter at any moment. There were pitches nowhere near the strike-zone but when the Pirates did make contact not much could be produced. The Pirates had a man on base in each of the first four innings but Peters got out of it every-time.

The fifth inning was the only time Peters could not get out of trouble. Luckily it was limited to a two-run home run by catcher Elias Diaz. Peters would be taken out for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the sixth, concluding a successful effort. The bullpen would then hold their own with Guerrero, Barraclough and Tazawa each pitching a successful inning.

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Dillon Peters also helped out on the offensive side of the ball. After a triple by J. B. Shuck and a walk by Lewis Brinson, Peters would battle at the plate. He did not chase any bad balls making Chad Kuhl work for the out. This would lead to a wild pitch that would score Shuck, giving the Marlins the lead.

The Marlins big inning would come in the the fifth. Starlin Castro with the bases juiced would hit a sacrifice fly that turned into mayhem for the Pirates.

Justin Bour would also crush a two-run home run in the seventh inning padding the Marlins lead. J.B. Shuck had himself an impressive debut going four for four with two runs. The second inning triple was quiet impressive, hopefully he can continue this production for the Marlins. Miguel Rojas also had three hits and Lewis Brinson got his first stolen base of the young season.

While Peters was great Chad Kuhl was dreadful. He would give up eleven hits in four innings of work while giving up four earned runs. The Pirates hitting was not there tonight and Kyle Barraclough shut down the top of the order with three strike outs.

The Marlins had everything going for them tonight and will look to continue this tomorrow when they face off against Jameson Tailon. Trevor Richards will be on the mound for the Fish. Smart play and good hitting will be needed to keep up with the pirates. Tomorrows game is a 7:10pm start.

Courtesy of Fangraphs

Swordfish: J.B. Shuck (.193)

Flounder: Chad Kuhl (-.352)

Play of the Game: Starlin Castro bases loaded sac fly

Attendance: 6,582


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Pitching Matchup

Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Chad Kuhl Pirates 136 4.71 4.7 7.67 1.4
Dillon Peters Marlins 92 4.64 4.57 6.53 1
Zips predictions courtesy of Fangraphs

Today's Lineups

PITTSBURGH PIRATES MIAMI MARLINS
Josh Harrison - 2B Derek Dietrich - LF
Gregory Polanco - RF Miguel Rojas - SS
Starling Marte - CF Starlin Castro - 2B
Josh Bell - 1B Justin Bour - 1B
David Freese - 3B Brian Anderson - 3B
Corey Dickerson - LF J.B. Shuck - RF
Jordy Mercer - SS Lewis Brinson - CF
Elias Diaz - C Chad Wallach - C
Chad Kuhl - RHP Dillon Peters - LHP

Matchup Summary:

The Pittsburgh Pirates are coming to town and “Arrgh” are they hot (Sorry not Sorry). Their bats have been lighting up the baseball as of late and they will be a tough challenge for rookie Dillon Peters to overcome. Gregory Polanco is currently sitting pretty with five home runs, fifth-teen runs batted in. Starling Marte and Corey Dickerson are also forces to be reckon with and it will be interesting to see how Peters goes about this strong lineup. The Marlins will be facing Chad Kuhl who is certainly hittable which should set up an interesting matchup against Peters. The Marlins are coming off a bad home series against the Mets (three game sweep) and are certainly looking for redemption. Can Miami’s bats come alive? Will Peters come back to form like when he dominated the Cubs in his first start? Tune in and find out at 7:10 pm.

Question? Who gives up the first run Kuhl or Peters?