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Our Noticias: Alcántara struggles in loss, Brinson demoted, Alfaro for real

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Also, Garrett Cooper comes off IL, gets plunked, and hard times for the Hammerheads, but help is on the way.

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The Marlins lost again, so let’s lead with bigger news instead:

The day started with the Marlins sending the over-matched Lewis Brinson back to Triple-A New Orleans to work on his mechanics. The team activated Garrett Cooper from the IL in a corresponding move on the roster but unfortunately appeared to get hurt when he took a pitch off his wrist. Fortunately, X-rays were negative said a visibly-relieved Cooper after the game.

REMINDER: All is not lost

As for the game…

Sandy Alcántara struggled again, giving up six runs (four earned) in 5.1 innings Tuesday night against Cleveland. Carlos Santana and Carlos Gonzalez did most of the damage, the latter breaking the game open with a three-run blast in the third. On the bright side, the Fish were able manufacture four runs off of an ace in Trevor Bauer, including Curtis Granderson’s fourth home run.

After the game, Don Mattingly addressed Alcántara’s issues, attributing them to a lack of confidence in his 98 mph fastball.

Walk-off links:

A new Earning their Stripes podcast is out! Check out the interview with future star Monte Harrison.

Also, definitely take a gander at Daniel Martinez’s piece on Jorge Alfaro’s potential breakout.

Things are not looking so good for High-A Jupiter right now, but at least Sixto Sanchez debuts for the Hammerheads on Thursday.

Lastly, your Fish Stripes take-down of the week:

Up next:

The Fish will send stopper Caleb Smith (2-0, 2.17 ERA) to try to halt their four-game skid. Corey Kluber (2-2, 5.81 ERA) opposes. Game time is 7:00 p.m.