Sandy Alcántara: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Zack Greinke: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
The Marlins did their best to make sure Friday’s game was a close one. The Fish started things off quick by scoring one run in the first inning. Miguel Rojas got on base first with a single to right field. Garrett Cooper moved Rojas to third with his own single to right. With one out and a man in scoring position, Neil Walker lifted a ball to center field for the sacrifice. The quick run would be the last time the Fish scored until the ninth.
The Marlins had seven hits overall in the game. Two hits came in the first and two hits came in the ninth. The other three hits were scattered across the game. There were two different opportunities for the Fish to score more runs, but nothing came out of it. The offense was low, but came together when it mattered.
Sandy Alcántara pitched well Friday limiting the Diamondbacks to just four hits. They had some big hits at just the right times. The second inning was the first time trouble would occur. Adam Jones started the inning with a single, followed by an Alex Avila walk. Greinke was up next with two outs. There was a good chance of Alcántara getting out without any damage. This thought dissipated when Greinke hit a sharp ground ball down the left field line scoring in a run.
The next time a run would be scored against Alcántara would be during the fourth inning. Jake Lamb tripled on a full count putting himself in scoring position. Nick Ahmed was next and swung at the first pitch he saw. This resulted in a ground out that scored Lamb making it 2-1 Arizona.
Alcántara did not struggle much after this run. He was able to strikeout four batters over his six innings of work. Many of these strikeouts were on balls low and away. Alcántara was most successful when he was able to keep the ball just out of reach.
The Fish started their big comeback during the ninth inning against Greg Holland. Holland has had a fantastic year so far as the Diamondback's closer. Garrett Cooper doubled to start things off for the Fish. Walker then walked on five pitches. The tying run was already in scoring position when Starlin Castro singled to load up the bases. Jorge Alfaro used his power to muscle out a sacrifice fly to deep right field tying up the game.
Holland was then replaced by Yoshihisa Hirano. Harold Ramirez was the first Marlin to face Hirano, and the last. Ramirez took the second pitch he saw and sent it to center field. The fly ball was deep enough to score the game-winning run.
The comeback/walk-off victory started throwback weekend with a bang.
The Marlins will look to keep up the pressure later as they send out Jordan Yamamoto to face Alex Young at 6:10 ET.
Marlins vs Diamondbacks box score (MLB.com)
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