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Marlins 4, Mets 3; Bryan Holaday walk-off overcomes 3-run deficit, blown strike call

It took 11 innings for the Marlins to win on Dominican Heritage Night.

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Backup catcher Bryan Holaday wasn’t starting today, but that doesn’t mean he can’t impact the game. Holaday came in to pinch hit in the bottom of the 11th, to give the Marlins a 4-3 win over the New York Mets, and earning him the JDF16 MVP chain.

That was Holaday’s second walk-off this year and the Marlins’ eighth walk-off of the season.

  • Dan Straily: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K (95 pitches)
  • Corey Oswalt: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (84 pitches)

Miami has been in a rut lately, as this is only their second win this month, but they earned a much-needed win tonight.

New York jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 4th when Todd Frazier doubled home three Mets.

That would be it for starter Dan Straily, who went 4 23 innings, allowing three runs and four hits. He almost certainly could have lasted longer if not for a missed strike three call that gave the Mets an extra baserunner.

The bullpen was masterful the rest of the way, as a combination of seven pitchers combined to allow two hits and zero runs. Javy Guerra earned the win after he delivered a clean 11th inning. Miami climbed back in the bottom of the 4th, when Martín Prado delivered with a two RBI single, to cut the lead to 3-2.

The next inning, catcher J.T. Realmuto, who was mired in an 0-for-22 slump, broke out with an RBI single, scoring Magneuris Sierra to tie the game at 3.

Then, six innings later, Holaday delivered to give Miami the victory to even the series.

This qualified as an offensive outburst for the slumping Fish. They had not topped three runs in any previous August game. Their 11 hits also set a high watermark for the month.

Miami (48-70) will take on the Mets in the rubber match of this series on Sunday before the team heads out on the road next week for a NL East road trip. Noah Syndergaard will pitch for New York, while home ace Wei-Yin Chen goes for Miami.

Win probability chart for August 10, 2018
Courtesy of FanGraphs

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8/4/18 Probable Starters

Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Corey Oswalt Mets 33.1 5.13 5.41 6.21 -0.1
Dan Straily Marlins 93.0 4.35 5.46 7.74 -0.3

Today's Lineups

Amed Rosario - SS Rafael Ortega - LF
Jeff McNeil - 2B J.T. Realmuto - C
Wilmer Flores - 1B Starlin Castro - 2B
Michael Conforto - LF Brian Anderson - RF
Brandon Nimmo - CF Derek Dietrich - 1B
Todd Frazier - 3B Martin Prado - 3B
Jose Bautista - RF Miguel Rojas - SS
Devin Mesoraco - C Magneuris Sierra - CF
Corey Oswalt - RHP Dan Straily - RHP

One of the coldest stretches of the season has dropped the Marlins to a season-worst 23 games below the .500 mark. Lack of offensive production is the No. 1 issue, and losing Justin Bour’s bat won’t help.

Mets starter Corey Oswalt isn’t a household name, but he’s coming off a quality start against the division-leading Braves.

That being said, let’s have a good time! Fish Stripes is reporting live from Marlins Park and we’re celebrating Dominican Heritage Night.

First pitch from Dan Straily expected at approximately 7:10pm.

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