The Marlins lost 3-2 in D.C. Tuesday night after Trea Turner’s game-winning double in the ninth. Zac Gallen’s start was cut short after two innings thanks to a 76-minute rain delay, but not before he gave up a two-run homer to Juan Soto to give the Nats the edge. The abbreviated start meant the bullpen had to pick up the slack, which they did, throwing 6.2 innings of scoreless ball until Turner’s walkoff hit. Perhaps the worst news for the Fish was Brian Anderson leaving the game with a right elbow contusion. He had run into a chain-link fence in the outfield while trying to make a catch.
Tuesday, Huge day
July 2 was the first day clubs could sign international free agents, and Miami signed 11, foremost among them Venezuelan shortstop José Salas.
We might be looking back on July 2, 2019 as one of the most important days of this Marlins rebuild. They hauled in 11 international amateur signings , including 3 of the best shortstops available. https://t.co/hL9tuRttT1— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) July 3, 2019
Also on Tuesday, Derek Jeter had a few words for the young players at MLB’s Prospect Development Pipeline League.
And the team announced Caleb Smith’s return to the rotation this week!
#Marlins manager Don Mattingly indicated Caleb Smith will rejoin the rotation at some point on this road trip. Did not specify which game yet. He’s lined up to pitch Friday which would mean he’d face the #Braves in Atlanta.— Andre Fernandez (@FernandezAndreC) July 2, 2019
Smith and Garrett Cooper were part of a trade that did work out for Jeter and the Marlins.
The Fish don’t seem as interested in the tank race lately and are currently just the fifth-worst team in baseball. In related news, MLB Trade Rumors highlighted how Starlin Castro has basically made himself untradeable with his poor play.
After the tragic passing of the Angels’ Tyler Skaggs on Monday, several Marlins, such as Miguel Rojas and Don Mattingly, shared their sympathies, having gone through similar circumstances less than three years ago after the death of José Fernández.
Per his contractual right, Yangervis Solarte has opted out of his minor-league deal with the Marlins to go play in Asia. He, too, had been the victim of tragedy in 2016, losing his wife to cancer, so here’s wishing him good luck in his new path.