Miami Marlins links for Tuesday, April 3rd
Miami loses first game of two
The Red Sox weren’t in the mood to celebrate Trevor Richard’s first major league start or Brian Anderson’s first career home run. After Miami got on the board in the bottom of the second they seemed to be on their way to a win. Boston was able to string a series of some lucky hits and some untimely misplays by the Marlins in the top of the fourth inning that sent the game into a downward spiral. Boston found themselves in the driver’s seat after a Hanley Ramirez two run home run in the fifth inning. Miami tried to play catch up putting a couple of runs on the board between the eighth and ninth inning courtesy of Cameron Maybin and Starlin Castro, however, the Fish were unable to recover after the fourth and fifth inning ending in a 7-3 loss.
Trevor Richards debut spoiled by untimely hits
Unfortunately Richards loses in his MLB debut but his pitching line doesn't tell the whole story. He pitched 4.1 innings, allowing five runs on eight with one walk and five strikeouts. He started the game off strong retiring the first seven batters he faced whilst striking out Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers. If not for a lucky swinging bunt that just happened to stay fair by Xander Bogaerts to keep the fourth inning alive, which allowed the Red Sox to string together a couple of hits to get them on the board.
Trevor Richards, Wicked Changeup (pronated/"Screwball" release). pic.twitter.com/5hKLi6ahp8— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 3, 2018
What Richards did well was keep the ball down, induce some ground balls, and use his change up effectively. If Richards is able to build on his first start, go deeper into games, and pitch more like his first two innings of his debut the Marlins may have just found a good starting pitcher.
Welcome to the show Brian Anderson
Although he was a September call up last year Anderson hit his first big league home run by depositing a Brian Johnson fastball over the right field fence in the second inning. In the early going Anderson has been Miami’s best hitter by far with a team leading six RBIs, to go along with a .333 avg.
Starlin Castro reaches a career milestone
Castro’s ground out in the ninth inning drove Tomas Telis home making it his 500th rbi of his career. He’s due for another milestone soon as he's looking for his 100th home run of his career this season.
J.T Realmuto inches closer to his debut
Progress: J.T. Realmuto beginning some catching drills. Still expect a few more weeks before returns to @Marlins— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) April 2, 2018
According to Marlins beat writer Joe Frisaro, J.T has begun catching drills. J.T is trying to get back into game shape and as of yet no return time has been announced but he’s getting closer to joining the team.
Marlins Park is seeing stars
Although attendance is down at Marlins Park, the team is attracting an American League crowd. David Ortiz, Jorge Posada, and Marlins CEO Derek Jeter were seen behind home plate throughout the game.
We appreciate you coming out tonight, @ThisIsUD! #JuntosMiami | : marlins pic.twitter.com/FEAhOrSWtL— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) April 3, 2018
Miami native Udonis Haslem was also at the game supporting his local baseball team. Miami’s prodigal son Dwyane Wade was also in attendance to catch his first Marlins game of the season.
Miami looks to even the series
The Marlins aim to get back to .500 and will try to do so against Red Sox ace Chris Sale. Jose Urena will be on the mound for the Marlins looking to make up for his lackluster season opener.