Miami Marlins links for Monday, April 9, 2018
Marlins narrowly avoid sweep
Fresh off Saturday’s beating, the Marlins ruined Jake Arrieta’s Phillies debut and came away with a win yesterday.
Trevor Richards was on the mound for the second time in his career and again was only able to go four innings. Richards allowed three runs on six hits, while walking three and striking out two. That isn't a pitching line anyone should be excited about, but Richards allowed fewer runs this time around.
The Marlins were able to get on the board early on thanks to help of Miguel Rojas and his first home run of the season, followed by Braxton Lee’s two RBI single in the same inning.
The Marlins bullpen pitched five scoreless innings with Odrisamer Despaigne notching his second win of the season, after a double off the bat of Brian Anderson gave the Marlins the lead in the eighth inning. Brad Ziegler came on in the ninth inning to get his first save of the 2018 season.
Miguel Rojas hits first home run of 2018
Also, Rojas candidly pointed out to the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer that the Marlins now have as many home runs as Shohei Ohtani. This may or may not be something worth following throughout the season.
Jacob Turner designated for assignment
After allowing eight runs in one inning of work Saturday night, Turner may have thrown his last pitch for the Fish this season. Overall, he allowed 10 runs and 13 hits in 5 2⁄3 innings of work. Tyler Cloyd was called up from Triple-A New Orleans to replace Turner in the Miami bullpen.
Courtesy of the Fish Stripes roster tracker, here’s how the pitching staff has evolved since Opening Day.
College student discount
The Marlins are doing what they can to get fans to come out to the ballpark. With the Marlins Student Pass, college students will be allowed to purchase up to four tickets at $10 apiece to select home games this season.
Marlins return home to face the Mets
It’s the first matchup of these NL East rivals this season. Coming off an extra innings win last night against the Nationals, the Mets are now 7-1 and in first place in the division. On the mound for the Marlins tonight is Jose Urena and he's looking to pick up where left off in his last start where he pitched seven innings and allowed one run. Noah Syndergaard will be pitching for the Mets (1-0, 5.40 ERA). The Marlins and Mets kick off their three game series tonight at 7:10pm ET.
Weekly farm recap
Andrew Meyer has your main takeaways from the four Marlins full-season affiliates who began their 2018 campaigns last Thursday.
Reinforcements on the way?
As first reported on Friday, reliever Dustin McGowan is finalizing a contract to rejoin the organization on a minor league deal.