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Marlins and Braves slug it out in hard fought game: Marlins win 6-3 over the Braves

J.T. Realmuto’s near cycle and a strong offensive game from the Fish help lift them over the Braves.

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Straily: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Brandon McCarthy: 5 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Dan Straily’s third game of the season was a successful one. The Marlins won 6-3, in what was a back and forth contest. The Braves kept pressure throughout the game, but their pitching was not there tonight. Brandon McCarthy was extremely hittable tonight. Dan Straily got into some jams but was able to work out of most of them. This raised his pitch count, limiting him to only five innings.

The Miami bullpen came in and got the job done tonight. Junichi Tazawa came in the sixth inning and struck out two, while only giving up one hit. Tayron Guerrero would follow this up in the seventh, with a clean inning. Guerrero faced the top of the lineup and started things off by striking out Ozzie Albies with a 101 mph fastball. The next two batters would be no problem for Guerrero.

Kyle Barraclough took over for the eighth, with very little issue. Finally, Brad Ziegler would come in looking to lockdown his 100th career save. The braves gave little resistance and Ziegler finished up the inning without issue. The Marlins bullpen was spotless tonight and helped back up a strong offense.

J.T. Realmuto lead the Marlins offense with an incredible showing tonight. Realmuto went three for four, missing the cycle by only a triple. This would of been the Marlins first triple in team history. Realmuto is a player who has had his fair share of triples, so his final at bat was an exciting one. Sadly he lined out on a hard hit ball to short stop. Realmuto would end his night with two runs, one home run and two runs batted in.

Realmuto would not be the only Marlins with three hits tonight, Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas also joined him. They would each score and Rojas had an RBI. The Marlins would score in four of the nine innings, never letting up against the Braves. When the Braves would score one run, Miami would come back and score two.

Starlin Castro also had a solo home run, adding to Miami’s offensive attack.

Justin Bour had an interesting night too. He got walked twice tonight, this is the fourth game in a row where Bour has been walked twice in a game. Bour would also have an error down the first base line. This would lead to the Braves scoring a run. Funny enough, Bour would make a phenomenal dive down the first base line the following inning, stopping the braves from scoring.

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The Marlins played a great game tonight and will look to replicate their success tomorrow at 7:10 PM. Jarlin García will be taking on Mike Soroka.

Courtesy of Fangraphs

Swordfish: J.T. Realmuto (.225 WPA).

Flounder: Brandon McCarthy (-.446).

Play of the game: J.T. Realmuto’s three for four game.

Attendance: 9,149

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Pitching Matchup

Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Dan Straily Marlins 8.0 6.75 10.29 3.38 -0.4
Brandon McCarthy Braves 35.1 4.84 4.58 6.88 0.1
Courtesy of Fangraphs

Today's Lineups

Ozzie Albies - 2B J.T. Realmuto - C
Ronald Acuna - LF Martin Prado - 3B
Freddie Freeman - 1B Starlin Castro - 2B
Nick Markakis - RF Justin Bour - 1B
Kurt Suzuki - C Brian Anderson - RF
Ender Inciarte - CF Derek Dietrich - LF
Johan Camargo - SS Miguel Rojas - SS
Ryan Flaherty - 3B Lewis Brinson - CF
Brandon McCarthy - RHP Dan Straily - RHP

Matchup Summary

Game one of this series saw a tough loss as the game was 1-1 going into the sixth. But Atlanta would then put up seven runs to create some separation from Miami.

The Marlins look to stop a four-game losing streak tonight. They will have to go through Brandon McCarthy and the Braves, while Dan Straily makes his third start of the season. The Marlins will need to rally behind Straily with some strong hitting if they look to stop the Braves, who have one of baseball’s deepest lineups.

Game time is 7:10 pm.

Thread Question: Who will spend more years with the Marlins, Brian Anderson or Lewis Brinson?