entered the ninth inning down by three runs yesterday afternoon, but they would even the score on a two-run single from Neil Walker after Jon Berti lined an RBI double in the previous at-bat. Things remained tied until a walk-off solo homer from Harold Ramrez in the home half of the 12th.
Notably, the bullpen tossed six scoreless innings and struck out seven, against only two hits and one walk.
Rojas Limps Off, Listed as Day-to-Day
Miguel Rojas—Miami's undisputed leader off the field, and arguably their best bat—was pulled from the game after three innings as he experienced discomfort while running the bases. Initially fearing a hamstring injury, any serious damage was ruled out, and the shortstop will use today's off-day to rest and recuperate, with an appearance this weekend not totally out of the question.
After trading Zac Gallen to Arizona, the Marlins have an opening in their rotation. Having also traded Trevor Richards, and with Pablo López continuing his rehab assignment, the Marlins will have to further tap into their pitching depth to plug the gap. Another major league debut could be on the horizon for a top prospect.
New Faces, National Attention
All in all, Miami made three major trades this past week before the trade deadline, and acquired three solid prospects in Jesus Sánchez, Jazz Chisholm, and Lewin Díaz. While the deals for Sánchez and Chisholm were both high-risk, high-reward and therefore controversial—based on the feedback here on Fish Stripes, in particular—they both have the potential to reach really high ceilings. National outlets have taken notice.
Thursday provided a thrilling glimpse of the future, as both Chisholm and Díaz homered for Double-A Jacksonville.
SS Jazz Chisholm homers to CF in his Marlins organization debut— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) August 2, 2019
Also has a single and triple for Jacksonville tonight pic.twitter.com/IN9vdEEhAq
Marlins Le-Win the trade??!?— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) August 2, 2019
Lewin Díaz (acquired for Sergio Romo) goes oppo for his 1st home run with Double-A Jacksonville. It's his 20th HR overall this season pic.twitter.com/pRNjJOGUYb
Chisholm finished a double shy of hitting for the cycle. Sánchez also recorded his first hit as a member of the Marlins organization.
Sticking to the Plan
All three prospects that were acquired this week fit exactly what the Marlins were looking for: left-handed power hitters to infuse some offensive fireworks into the pipeline. Ever since the draft, the Marlins have been adding exciting hitter after exciting hitter to their minor league system, and sticking to that plan will pay dividends down the line.
Miami heads across the state to take on the Rays tomorrow night, and Elieser Hernandez (1-4, 4.93) is set to take to the mound for a 6:10 ET start.