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The Teal Fish defeat Padres 4-0.

Anniversary weekend starts strong, Caleb and Co. come out of the gate swinging.

San Diego Padres v Miami Marlins Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

The Marlins started their anniversary weekend off strong with a 4-0 victory over the Padres. Boy must I say they do look good in teal. The good vibes were felt all throughout the building. There were multiple guests on commentary, the youngest being newly drafted Connor Scott. Once the offense got going the Marlins would put up runs in three consecutive innings.

Caleb Smith started the Fish out on the right foot. He had a successful bounce back game after his last rough start. Smith pitched five and 13 innings giving up no runs on four hits, while striking out five. The Padres who have been hot as of late did not look great against Smith, that was, until the last inning they saw him.

Through the first five innings Smith only gave up two doubles. After each hit he stopped the Padres from capitalizing with the runner in scoring position. Smith did a good job missing the bats for the most part.

His final inning of work was not as strong as the rest of his performance. The top of the sixth started with a groundout by Travis Jankowski. This would be the last out Smith would get. The next three hitters would get on base, two singles, and a walk. That was the end of the night for Smith.

Now I know everyone must of had the same reaction as I did when Brad Ziegler was called from the bullpen. The bases loaded with one out, and Ziegler is the man who must get it done. Unbelievably enough Corey Spangenberg hit a bouncer to Ziegler who initiated a 1-2-3 double play.

The Fish were home free after that. Drew Steckenrider and Kyle Barraclough would finish up the game for the Fish. Smith also helped himself on offense, scoring in one run off a line drive to right. Brian Anderson also had a big game, tallying up three hits. Justin Bour walked twice and came around to score twice. J.T. Realmuto has had a strong season so far and continued that with an RBI and a walk tonight.

Lewis Brinson almost hit a home run tonight, but he had to settle for a deep sac fly. Yadiel Rivera even got in on some of the fun, he was walked three times in the game. Everyone besides Miguel Rojas had some kind of action offensively. Rojas is currently slumping hard, he is 1 for 32. The Fish as a whole brought it tonight and really started this anniversary weekend on the right foot.

Courtesy of Fangraphs

Swordfish: Brad Ziegler (.195 WPA).

Flounder: Corey Spangenberg (-.176).

Play of the game: Brad Ziegler inducing a 1-2-3 double play to save Smith’s efforts.

Attendace: 10,654.

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Pitching Matchup

Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Caleb Smith Marlins 60.1 4.03 3.61 11.04 1.1
Eric Lauer Padres 34.1 6.82 5.39 8.39 -0.2
Courtesy of Fangraphs

Today's Lineups

Jose Pirela - 2B Starlin Castro - 2B
Eric Hosmer - 1B Brian Anderson - RF
Hunter Renfroe - LF J.T. Realmuto - C
Christian Villanueva - 3B Justin Bour - 1B
Franmil Reyes - RF Cameron Maybin - LF
Freddy Galvis - SS Miguel Rojas - SS
A.J. Ellis - C Lewis Brinson - CF
Manuel Margot - CF Yadiel Rivera - 3B
Eric Lauer - LHP Caleb Smith - LHP

Matchup Summary

The Marlins are facing the Padres again, this time at home. When these two teams met last week, the Padres won the series 2-1. The Fish are coming off a strong series win against the Cardinals. The Padres are also coming off a successful series against the Braves.

Caleb Smith will be on the mound for the Fish. Eric Lauer will be pitching for the Padres. They also lined up with one another during that previous series. Smith pitched seven strong innings that night and got the win. Smith was not so hot his last start against the Diamondbacks, he gave up five earned runs in that outing. He will look to bounce back tonight.

The Marlins have been scoring as of late. Derek Dietrich is not in the lineup tonight, but he has been on a hot streak recently and should be available in the later innings. Lewis Brinson‘s power has arrived, producing three home runs in the last few days. The Marlins have been getting on base more and will look to continue that tonight.

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