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Miami Marlins links 5/9/18: Fish play the blues in Chicago

But prospects continue to heat up, plus other Hump Day links.

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MLB: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday’s game

Miami got off to a hot start, scoring three runs in the first. They couldn’t hold on, however, as the Cubs gradually chipped away at the lead, scoring their fourth and eventual winning run in the eighth inning on an aggressive base-running play by Kris Bryant.

As always, Mattingly addressed the media afterwards.

Benches-clearing alert!

A comeback victory always has plenty of drama, but after Derek Dietrich was thrown out at the plate in the fourth inning, he shoved Cubs catcher Victor Caratini, leading to this:

No punches were thrown. Why hit someone when you can just tickle them? And while you may feel bad that the Fish can no longer win their fifth consecutive series, you can lift your spirits by reminiscing about this one time the Marlins visited Wrigley Field, or you may commiserate with the team’s mop-up guy.

Prospect watch

A couple of the Marlins’ minor-league prospects remained hot. Double-A Jacksonville’s Pablo Lopez extended his scoreless-innings streak to 19. The Jumbo Shrimp’s manager, Randy Ready sang Isan Diaz’s praises pre-game, and the Marlins No. 7 prospect responded with a leadoff home run.

Outfielder Monte Harrison moved up in the MLB Pipeline league-wide rankings.

Off the field

Andre Dawson dished to USA Today on his firing from the Marlins at the end of last season. ICYMI: The team did not treat the Hawk well. At least it isn’t this bad…yet.

The organization is, however, doing right by Ruben Romero, its strength and conditioning coach in the Dominican Summer League, who passed way this past offseason.

Up next:

There is already a bit of lineup info already out for Wednesday. Including Tuesday night, J.T. Realmuto had started 15 consecutive games (14 of them behind the plate).

Wei-Yin Chen will square off against the Cubs’ Jose Quintana. You can read the full preview here.