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Yelich cuts deep with a two-run blast, Marlins unceremoniously swept out of Milwaukee

This is painful.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Milwaukee Brewers
Patience, young man.
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The Marlins were within striking distance late in their game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, but an old friend’s home run in the fourth inning proved to be the difference.

Christian Yelich hit a two-run homer in the fourth, and he helped Milwaukee win 4-2 on their way to a series sweep over the reeling Fish. The Marlins have now lost five of their last six games.

Miami got off to a quick start, as they took a 1-0 lead in the first thanks to an RBI double from Justin Bour. That would be the only time the Marlins would have the lead, as Yelich’s home run in the fourth gave Milwaukee the lead for good.

In the sixth, the Marlins had a prime opportunity to take the lead, but they squandered that chance. They had the bases loaded with no outs, but two strikeouts and a pop-up into foul territory gave Miami zero runs. The Brewers led 3-1 in the 8th, but Miami cut into their deficit after Bour singled home J.T. Realmuto.

However, the comeback attempt was futile, as the Brewers added an insurance run later that inning to pad their lead. Josh Hader would close the game out for Milwaukee, which dropped the Marlins record to 5-16. Caleb Smith had a much better outing then he did on Monday in New York, as he allowed only two runs and two hits while striking out 10 in 6.0 innings pitched.

Realmuto and Bour both had two hits apiece, but other than that, the Marlins bats were silent. Miami has only come away with one win on the road-trip so far, but thankfully for them, it coming to an end.

Miami will close out the difficult trip with a three-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers starting Monday night in LA. Jarlin Garcia, who’s been red-hot ever since becoming a part of the rotation, will pitch tomorrow against the Dodgers. LA will turn to top prospect Walker Buehler, who will make his first career start tomorrow night.

Courtesy of Fangraphs

Swordfish: Jeremy Jeffress (.332)

Blowfish: Brian Anderson (-.241)

Play of the game: Christian Yelich two-run shot in the fourth (.201)

Attendance: 37,015

What just happened

Marlins casually blew a four-run lead, capped off by Junichi Tazawa serving up a walk-off home run.

What happens next

Right-handers Caleb Smith and Junior Guerra face off in the series finale from Milwaukee.

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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

Derek Dietrich - LF Lorenzo Cain - CF
J.T. Realmuto - C Christian Yelich - RF
Starlin Castro - 2B Ryan Braun - LF
Justin Bour - 1B Travis Shaw - 3B
Brian Anderson - 3B Jesus Aguilar - 1B
J.B. Shuck - RF Hernan Perez - 2B
Lewis Brinson - CF Eric Sogard - SS
Yadiel Rivera - SS Jacob Nottingham - C
Caleb Smith - LHP Junior Guerra - RHP

Thread Question

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