Marlins blow the game in the ninth inning
After a decent outing from Wei-Yin Chen, the Marlins had a sizable lead heading into the ninth inning, but weren't able to finish it off. Thanks to some poor pitching and some untimely defensive mistakes, Brad Ziegler and Tayron Guerrero gave up a combined six runs. Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson delivered the knockout blow with two outs.
Wasting what was one of the best offensive performances by the Marlins, this was among the most painful losses of the season. The 20-1 annihilation in Philadelphia might belong in the conversation, too. The Marlins scored nine runs, seven courtesy of the long ball. Miguel Rojas had two home runs and Lewis Brinson had one of his own.
Sweet Lew hits first career grand slam
MUST C: Lewis Brinson absolutely unloads on his first career GRAND SLAM! @Marlins up 6-0 on the Braves in the 4th. You can see all of the Marlins' action LIVE now on FOX Sports Florida and FOX Sports Go! #JuntosMiami #MLB #Crushed pic.twitter.com/4VNPN7Xy0J— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) May 20, 2018
The only doubt about Brinson’s blast was fair or foul, because distance wasn’t an issue. Statcast estimate it at 450 feet.
The rookie center fielder hasn’t been hitting well at the plate for the month (10-for-59 in May, a .169 batting average). Hopefully his grand slam is a sign of things to come.
Braves series summary
Marlin Maniac hands out grades to the key contributors and underachievers from this past weekend.
Andy Slater denied press credentials
The 940 WINZ personality accompanied attorney Laurence Leavy (AKA Marlins Man) to the British Virgin Islands last month. Slater and Leavy were poking fun at the team’s claim that it had certain legal exemptions as an “international” corporation.
Turns out that the Marlins were not amused by the stunt. During an interview on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, Slater says media relations denied his routine request for credentials.
Cade Gotta crushing the Southern League
Congratulations to Jumbo Shrimp outfielder @cadegotta, named today the @SLeagueBaseball Player of the Week for May 14-20! @Marlins #JustGettinStarted https://t.co/pPkxZZ6OJv pic.twitter.com/nDNbDK65YR— Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (@JaxShrimp) May 21, 2018
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp outfielder Cade Gotta has been named the Southern League’s latest Player of the Week. Considered a depth player in the organization, Gotta continues to impress since signing a minor league deal in the spring.
For more on the hottest Marlins prospects, read the Fish Stripes recap of each affiliate.
Marlins visit the Big Apple
The Marlins open a series tonight against the Mets and are eager to put yesterday’s loss behind them.
Elieser Hernández will be on the mound for his second career start. Old friend Jason Vargas takes the ball for the Mets. Vargas is 0-3 on the season with an ERA above 13—this is the type of pitcher the Marlins should have some success against.
First pitch is at 7:10pm ET.