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The Marlins club the Mets 8-2

A Lewis Brinson and JT Riddle home run, plus a lot of small ball help propel the Marlins over the Mets.

MLB: New York Mets at Miami Marlins Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Sandy Alcántara: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 2 K

Corey Oswalt: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Sandy Alcántara had a strong debut tonight against the Mets. While he did not go especially long, he did hold everything together. Alcántara only gave up one run in the game and this came in the fourth inning. After walking Wilmer Flores, Alcántara gave up a run scoring double to Devin Mesoraco. Alcántara was able to get out of the inning after that.

The control was not as tight as it could of been tonight. The Mets are not a team that walk often, but they were able to against Alcántara. There are improvements to be made but the potential seems limitless. Only time will tell for Alcántara, but the debut was ultimately a success.

The Marlins blew past the Mets 8-2. It all started with a crack of the bat. Lewis Brinson on the first pitch of the third inning absolutely mashed a ball into the left field seats. The tenth home run of the season for Brinson was gone the second it left the bat. The good vibes for the Fish would not stop there.

Derek Dietrich would draw a walk on five pitches, keeping the offense going. Brian Anderson followed this up with a single to advance Dietrich to third. Next up was J.T. Realmuto, who returned tonight from a few days off, after being hit in the wrist with a foul tip. Realmuto did what Realmuto does for the Fish and that was produce. He knocked in a run, on a single to left field, making it 2-0.

The Fish were not done there though. The small ball would continue with a Starlin Castro single, scoring Brian Anderson. This would set up two men on base for J.T. Riddle to bring home. Riddle did this by blasting a ball high and deep into the right field seats. 6-1 was now the score and everything looked peachy for the Fish.

The Marlins tacked on another run in the sixth and eighth inning. This time the offense was started with a Brinson double, and he was brought home on a Cameron Maybin pinch-hit single. The Marlins strung together two singles and a sac fly in the eighth to score their last run.

The Marlins as a team hit extremely well tonight. Brinson was able to collect three hits on the night. The mixture of small ball and home runs helped Miami power over the Mets. The Marlins played smart ball and brought all aspects of the game together in this win.

Courtesy of Fangraphs

Swordfish: Sandy Alcántara (.170 WPA).

Flounder: Corey Oswalt (-.304).

Play of the game: J.T. Riddle three-run home run.

Attendance: 8,211

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Pitching Matchup

Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Sandy Alcantara (AAA) Marlins 85 3.71 4.58 6.78 -
Corey Oswalt (AAA) Mets 47.1 3.86 4.81 7.71 0.0

Today's Lineups

Brandon Nimmo - CF Derek Dietrich - LF
Jose Bautista - RF Brian Anderson - RF
Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B J.T. Realmuto - C
Michael Conforto - LF Justin Bour - 1B
Wilmer Flores - 1B Starlin Castro - 2B
Todd Frazier - 3B JT Riddle - SS
Devin Mesoraco - C Miguel Rojas - 3B
Amed Rosario - SS Lewis Brinson - CF
Corey Oswalt - RHP Sandy Alcantara - RHP

Matchup Summary:

Today is the day, something for Marlins fans to be excited about (at the very least interested) . Sandy Alcántara will be making his Major League debut for the Fish. There has been talk all season about when he would finally be called up to the big stage. Due to injuries and some unfortunate timing, that time is now.

Alcantara posted up a 3.71 ERA in 85 innings down in Triple A. He will be going up against Corey Oswalt. He is another Minor League pitcher, that was called up due to Jacob deGrom being pushed back to Saturday (family issue). Oswalt posted up a 3.86 ERA in 47 and 13 innings of Triple A ball.

The Marlins offense will look to continue their hot streak. The Mets have continued to be bad and this will be a big series for the Fish. The Marlins are only two games back from the Mets. This will be a fight for fourth place. Let’s go Fish!!

Game Thread Question:

Who are you more excited to see pitch, Sandy Alcántara or Pablo López (starting tomorrow).