After trade day that including saying goodbye to Cameron Maybin and Brad Ziegler, one player who was rumored to be on the trading bloc made the start for the Fish tonight: Dan Straily. He would face a twenty year-old Atlanta hurler, Kolby Allard, who was making his big league debut. Allard is rated as the 8th best prospect in a stacked Braves system, and was enjoying an excellent season at triple-A with a 2.80 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.
After a nearly 90 minute rain delay, Straily got off to an inauspicious start: Ronald Acuna hit a first inning solo shot to left, and then All-Star Nick Markakis hit a two-run shot in the third to take a 3-0 lead.
The Marlins would fight back in the top of the fourth on hits from J.T. Riddle and Magneuris Sierra to draw within one, at 3-2. Sierra’s hit was the first extra base hit in the bigs.
In the bottom of fourth, however, the wheels fell off for Dan Straily. He gave up five runs, with the capping blow being a bases loaded double by Kurt Suzuki to clear the bases and give the Braves an 8-2 lead, and chase the Miami starter.
J.T. Realmuto homered to left in the fifth to add a highlight to Miami’s night and help cement him in Marlins fans’ hearts.
The Fish chased Kolby Allard in the sixth while adding two runs thanks to a single by Sierra and a sac fly from Justin Bour.
Lifelong minor leaguer Isaac Galloway had his major league debut tonight in left field, coming off the bench in the seventh inning. In the ninth, his first major league at bat was a hard ground ball up the middle which he beat out for an infield single. Galloway would score on the next pitch, a double the left-center by Brian Anderson which was the last run scored tonight in an 11-6 Braves victory.
The Marlins gave up 19 hits and 11 runs, and hope that tomorrow, the first of August, brings better results, as the Marlins look to salvage a game in this three game set in Atlanta.
Kingfish: Let’s hear it for Isaac Galloway, who made me smile tonight with his first at bat (and hit) in the majors, showing how much persistence can pay off.
Flounder: Dan Straily, who wasn’t traded, but served up eight runs on eleven hits in only 3.2 innings of work.
Turning Point: The bases clearing double by Kurt Suzuki to give the Braves a commanding lead.
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|Starlin Castro - 2B||Ronald Acuna - LF|
|Brian Anderson - RF||Ozzie Albies - 2B|
|J.T. Realmuto - C||Freddie Freeman - 1B|
|Martin Prado - 3B||Nick Markakis - RF|
|Derek Dietrich - LF||Kurt Suzuki - C|
|Miguel Rojas - 1B||Johan Camargo - 3B|
|JT Riddle - SS||Ender Inciarte - CF|
|Magneuris Sierra - CF||Dansby Swanson - SS|
|Dan Straily - RHP||Kolby Allard - LHP|
Well, today is the non-waiver trade deadline day, and as expected, it has been quite dramatic. Brad Ziegler and Cameron Maybin are on the move, so the team has gotten a little younger as they head into game two of their series against the also young (though further along) Atlanta Braves.
After last night’s disappointing loss, the Marlins will (still be) turning to Dan Straily, barring a last minute trade. Straily has been strong in July and has pitched to a 2.84 ERA in this time period. He will face Kolby Allard, a 20-year old lefty, making his major league debut. A tall order for a 20-year old in a pennant race but it should be fun to watch.
What memories do you have from Cameron Maybin or Brad Ziegler from this year?