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Jarlin García shines again, Marlins bullpen blows the game

Another tough game lost for the Fish.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Los Angeles Dodgers
Lewis Brinson CAPtured
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Jarlin García 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Walker Buehler 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Tonight was all about pitching as the Marlins took on the Dodgers in an exciting game. The numbers above do not lie, Jarlin García was tremendous tonight. Continuing his streak of fantastic starts, García from the get go had his stuff working. After giving up a walk to Chris Taylor to begin the game, he would then get the next three batters to fly out.

García would then strike out the side in the third inning. His one hiccup in the game came in the fourth inning when facing Enrique Hernandez. After a nice battle between the two, Hernandez would take an inside fast ball deep, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Hernandez, a former Marlin had three of the Dodgers six hits.

The only other time García would get into a jam was in the sixth inning. He would end up getting out of it by getting Cody Bellinger and Yasmani Grandal to fly out. The key for García tonight was how often he switched up his pitches and kept hitters guessing. The control was great and it was nice to see a Marlin look so comfortable on the mound. García continues to show why he is currently the best player on the Marlins.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Los Angeles Dodgers Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Walker Buehler would hold his own against García. The first inning was the time for the Fish to strike. The Marlins had the bases loaded with two outs when J.B. Shuck came to the plate. Buehler delivered a tailing 99 mph fastball to the outside of the plate, which Shuck foul tipped to end the inning.

Buehler would limit Miami to two more hits after that. The heat was there for Buehler tonight and the Fish just could not keep up. Eight of his pitches were 99 mph or faster, incredible.

Miami would tie the game in the top of the eighth inning. Sadly in the bottom of the eighth the Marlins would give that run right back. Kyle Barraclough who had been on a nice run recently gave the run up. A double by Taylor, a bunt single by Hernandez and a sac fly by Bellinger would ruin Barraclough’s night.

The Marlins used their two best relievers in the game hoping to keep it close. While Barraclough struggled, Tayron Guerrero shined. Guerrero pitched one inning giving up one walk and striking out three. Throughout the inning Guerrero would throw heat. His fast balls were coming in at 98mph and above. It was nice to see Guerrero over power hitters and come into his own.

The Marlins tried to rally in the ninth but failed. Miguel Rojas would come up with two outs and single into left field. Realmuto, Miami’s best hitter would then come up and swing at the first pitch he saw. This resulted in a pop fly to center field, thus ending a really good game. The pitching was there but the hitting was missing for the most part.

The Marlins look to continue the fight tomorrow night when Dillon Peters takes on Kenta Maeda.

First pitch is 10:10 pm.

Source: FanGraphs

Swordfish: Walker Buehler (.277)

Flounder: Kyle Barraclough (-.241)

Play of the game: Cody Bellinger sacrifice fly.

Attendance: 46,909

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Pitching Matchup

Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Jarlin García Marlins 21 0.86 4.11 5.57 0
Walker Buehler Dodgers (AAA) 13 2.08 2.61 11.08 -
Courtesy of Fangraphs

Today's Lineups

Miguel Rojas - 1B Chris Taylor - CF
J.T. Realmuto - C Enrique Hernandez - SS
Starlin Castro - 2B Matt Kemp - LF
Brian Anderson - 3B Cody Bellinger - 1B
Cameron Maybin - LF Yasmani Grandal - C
J.B. Shuck - RF Yasiel Puig - RF
Lewis Brinson - CF Austin Barnes - 2B
Yadiel Rivera - SS Kyle Farmer - 3B
Jarlin Garcia - LHP Walker Buehler - RHP

Matchup Summary

The ice cold Marlins are heading to Los Angeles to take on the red hot Dodgers. The Fish aren’t looking so good after getting swept in a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Dodgers on the other hand are 6-1 in their last seven games.

Tonight’s matchup will be a fun one since the Dodgers called up Walker Buehler. Buehler is a top prospect who had been running through batters in Triple-A. The Marlins on the other side of the mound have Jarlin García going. He has gone up against many tough teams already and has held his own, posting a 0.86 earned run average that ranks second among all National League qualifiers.

One thing to look forward to tonight is whether or not Lewis Brinson can continue his hot hitting. It is one thing to dominate against your former team, it is another to show you can be a consistent hitter. Justin Bour will not start tonight as he is getting a night off. The Marlins need to wipe the slate clean and take it one game at a time.

First pitch is 10:10pm.

Thread Question

Over/Under: 25 home runs for Justin Bour this season?