J.T. Realmuto returned to the Marlins lineup today, and instantly the team felt more credible. Not only because of his veteran bat, but for his defensive presence behind the plate. Also, Jarlin García would take the mound after his six no-hit innings in his stellar first start.
Together, they would lead the Marlins to a decisive 9-1 drubbing of the Yankees, and a split of the two game set in the Bronx.
The Marlins jumped on Masahiro Tanaka in the first inning, thanks to a single to left field by Starlin Castro to score Derek Dietrich for their first run.
The @Marlins strike early with a Starlin Castro RBI Single! Watch the Marlins take on the Yankees on FOX Sports Florida! #JuntosMiami #MLB pic.twitter.com/LgWMYcdoGl— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) April 17, 2018
This brought up J.T. Realmuto with the bases load in his first at bat of the season. While one may have been envisioning a grand slam to give J.T. a dramatic return to the lineup, what happened was decidedly less awe-inspiring: a grounder leading to a throwing error by Didi Gregorious to score two and give the Fish a 3-0 lead.
Realmuto would make his impact soon enough, though. In the fifth inning, off a 3-1 fastball, the Marlins catcher would launch a three run homer to the short porch in right off Tanaka to put Miami up 7-0, to chase the Yankees starter and put the game on ice.
Welcome back J.T. Realmuto! He hits a 3-run home run to right in his first game of the season! Keep watching the @Marlins against the Yankees on FOX Sports Florida! #JuntosMiami #MLB pic.twitter.com/KiG3ZTdhi1— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) April 18, 2018
On the mound, Jarlin García came off six no-hit innings in his first start of the year, and would do almost as well tonight. García’s would go 4.1 innings without giving up a hit tonight, when Miguel Andujar doubled to left field, ending García’s streak of 10.1 innings of no-hit pitching as a Marlins starter. After 92 pitches and 5 innings, Garcia’s night was done. His final line was 5 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 5 walks and 2 strikeouts.
He has been a true revelation so far for Miami, and although he walked five and was wild at times, his movement and pitch variety were just as vexing for the Yankee batters as they were for Mets hitters six days ago.
The Marlins relief corp gave up only a solo home run to Andujar over their four outstanding innings of work.
For his part, Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts, to finish the brief two-game stint against his former team 0 for 7 with 4 whiffs and plenty of boos.
The Marlins enjoy an off day tomorrow, before flying to Milwaukee for a four game set against Christian Yelich’s new team.
Jarlin García with his second straight stellar start
Giancarlo Stanton’s failure to get a hit against his former team
The three run shot by Realmuto
Any Itchy picks, please comment down below (explainer)
|MIAMI MARLINS||NEW YORK YANKEES|
|Derek Dietrich - LF||Brett Gardner - LF|
|Miguel Rojas - SS||Aaron Judge - RF|
|Starlin Castro - 2B||Giancarlo Stanton - DH|
|Justin Bour - DH||Didi Gregorius - SS|
|J.T. Realmuto - C||Gary Sanchez - C|
|Brian Anderson - 3B||Aaron Hicks - CF|
|Tomas Telis - 1B||Neil Walker - 2B|
|Cameron Maybin - CF||Tyler Austin - 1B|
|J.B. Shuck - RF||Miguel Andujar - 3B|
|Jarlin Garcia - LHP||Masahiro Tanaka - RHP|
J.T. Realmuto will be back in the Marlins lineup, and one has to think that Mets scouts will be in the Bronx to watch him closely given rumors of recent trade talks.
Well, the Marlins don’t have to do much better in order to best the poor showing on Monday in a dismal 12-1 defeat at the hands of Didi Gregorious and the Yankees. Jarlin Garcia will look to match his six no-hit innings during his last outing, while the Yankees throw Masahiro Tanaka on the mound to try to get the series sweep for the New Yorkers.