It can be nightmare fuel for fans of players who switched teams in the offseason, watching them come up big against their former team. Kind of a “you should never have traded me” gesture.
Marlins fans dodged that bullet in New York with Giancarlo Stanton and immediately had to face down the chance that Christian Yelich could rain some pain. He did chip in with a couple hits tonight, but the vast majority of the damage was done by his teammates.
Brewers fans, meanwhile might have been the recipients tonight as Lewis Brinson, fresh off of being benched, responded beautifully in his return to Miller Park with a pair of impressive long shots.
The Fish Faithful will certainly remember Brinson’s performance, but the Brewer’s potent offense unfortunately made it an after thought as they got to Dillon Peters first (four runs, five walks in four and two thirds innings’ pitched), and Junichi Tazawa second (six runs on four hits including a couple of long balls).
In between those two, Odrisamer Despaigne threw sixteen pitches and was charged with a couple runs courtesy of Tazawa’s blow-up BECAUSE he had to leave the game with a right forearm strain. He is day-to-day.
A bright spot for the Marlins occurred when Merandy Gonzalez debuted in the seventh inning. He would go on to pitch two shut out innings, giving up three hits and tallying a K. Solid debut that should give hope. And hope is what we roll with these days.
Trevor Richards vs Jhoulys Chacin in game two tomorrow, 8:10 eastern start.
Swordfish: Lorenzo Cain (.362)
Flounder: Odrisamer Despaigne (-.272)
Play of the game: Brinson two run shot in the fifth (.216)