Game 1 walk-off overshadows Yelich return
It took 10 innings, but the Marlins beat the Milwaukee Brewers with the help of Bryan Holaday’s RBI single. Brad Ziegler came away with his first win of the season.
Jose Ureña pitched okay allowing two runs on 5 2⁄3 innings pitched, meanwhile the Marlins bullpen allowed one run in 4 1⁄3 innings. Along with the game winning hit Holaday’s sacrifice fly in the fourth inning put the Marlins first run on the board. Starlin Castro and Brian Anderson provided the evening’s fireworks with back-to-back home runs off of “unhittable” Josh Hader in the seventh inning.
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Ziegler isn’t the same washed-up pitcher you remember from the beginning of the season. He has surrendered only one run over his past 18 appearances (20.0 IP).
The Dodgers see Ziegler as somebody who can help them contend right now, Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports:
Pushing up against luxury tax threshold, Dodgers might insist on Marlins eating some of Ziegler's $...which could help them get a more significant prospect(s) in return https://t.co/H2ScunJW41— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) July 10, 2018
As the pitchers’ market continues to develop closer to the trade deadline, Ziegler’s time as a Marlin may be coming to an end. There’s about $4 million remaining on his contract, which expires at the end of the season.
Heyman also notes that the Brewers and Cubs could be fits for Derek Dietrich.
Have yourself a week, J.T.
Congratulations to JT & Alexis Realmuto now officially parents ! Their first baby brought into the world at 7:42 AM. #Marlins— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) July 10, 2018
What a week for J.T. Realmuto. On Sunday, he was named a first-time All-Star and now him and his wife welcome their first child. The Marlins placed him on the paternity list prior to Monday’s game.
Join Fish Stripes in congratulating J.T. and his wife Alexis!
Rest up, KKKKKKKaleb
Left-hander Caleb Smith hopes to be ready in time for 2019 spring training following shoulder surgery.
Surgery went well. Headed to the airport to go back to Miami. Thanks to everyone for the prayers and your support.— Caleb Smith (@CalebASmith12) July 9, 2018
Elite Development Invitational comes to Miami
MLB.com’s Max Goodman reports on the unique program that just stopped by Marlins Park to educate high school softball players. EDI is operated jointly by MLB and USA Softball:
“The idea is to let these young ladies know that while we want to invest in them as athletes and that we value them as athletes, we really value the fact that they are intellectual young ladies,” said Renee Tirado, vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer of Major League Baseball. “We legitimately believe that some of these ladies in this room can be potential leaders for our organization down the line for some of our clubs. We just want to show them the pathway to that.”
Marlins and Brewers face off in Game 2
Pablo López will be making his third start of his career tonight against the Brewers. López’s last outing was the worse outing of his young career after he allowing five runs in five innings to the Washington Nationals. Lopez will be looking to bounce back and help the fish string together a three game winning streak. Fellow countryman Jhoulys Chacín will be on the mound for the Brewers.
First pitch is at 7:10pm.