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Marlins blow sizable early lead, lose on walk-off

Re2pecting the process can be difficult on nights like these.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Milwaukee Brewers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Marlins took a large lead early on against the Milwaukee Brewers, but they failed to hold on to it, as they fell in a fitting fashion: on a walk-off home run. Jesus Aguilar, who came in as a late-inning substitution, hit a homer in the 9th off Junichi Tazawa, to give Milwaukee a 6-5 victory, and it also gave them the win in this series.

The Marlins got off to a quick start in the very first inning, when Derek Dietrich homered, giving Miami a 1-0 lead. In the next inning, rookie outfielder Lewis Brinson, who’s playing against his former team, continued to break out of his season-long slump, when he launched the ball to center for a three-run homer, his third of the series, to give the Fish a 4-0 lead.

The Brewers would start to climb back into the game, as Travis Shaw homered in the bottom half of that inning. By the 4th inning, Milwaukee had cut the lead to one, but the Marlins would increase their slim lead in the 5th. Rookie Brian Anderson singled home Starlin Castro to give Miami a 5-3 advantage. Milwaukee would cut into the lead again in that inning, when Ryan Braun hit a sacrifice fly, shrinking the Marlins’ lead to 5-4. Milwaukee knotted the game at 5 in the 8th, when Eric Sogard doubled home Shaw.

Finally, one inning later, Aguilar‘s heroics gave Milwaukee their third win in the series. That home run gave the Marlins their sixth loss in seven games, and they were dropped to 5-15 on the season. Jose Urena struggled in his start for Miami, as he allowed four runs and four hits in 5.0 innings pitched. Tazawa was given the loss, while Jeremy Jeffress earned the win for Milwaukee.

If there’s any good news for the Marlins, more reinforcements are coming back from injury. Veteran third baseman Martin Prado played tonight at Single- A Jupiter, while pitcher Dan Straily is expected to pitch on Tuesday for Double-A Jacksonville. The Marlins will look to salvage this series and avoid a sweep with a win tomorrow afternoon. Caleb Smith will pitch for Miami, while Junior Guerra will go for Milwaukee.

Courtesy of Fangraphs

Swordfish: Jesus Aguilar (.355)

Blowfish: Junichi Tazawa (-.355)

Play of the game: Aguilar walk-off (.355)

Attendance: 37,175

Pitching Matchup

Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Caleb Smith Marlins 15.2 6.89 5.7 12.64 -0.1
Junior Guerra Brewers 11 0.82 2.78 9 0.3
Courtesy of Fangraphs

Today's Lineups

Miguel Rojas - SS Lorenzo Cain - CF
Derek Dietrich - LF Christian Yelich - RF
Starlin Castro - 2B Ryan Braun - LF
Brian Anderson - 3B Travis Shaw - 3B
Justin Bour - 1B Eric Thames - 1B
Cameron Maybin - RF Eric Sogard - SS
Lewis Brinson - CF Jonathan Villar - 2B
Bryan Holaday - C Jett Bandy - C
Jose Urena - RHP Brent Suter - LHP

Thread Question:

Has Lewis Brinson turned the corner?