Being shut out is nothing new for this Marlins team, but the latest scoreless effort in San Francisco on Thursday night was probably their most uninspiring performance of the 2021 season thus far.
- Daniel Castano—5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (82 pitches)
- Aaron Sanchez—5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (67 pitches)
In the top of the first inning, Jazz Chisholm Jr. (single) and Miguel Rojas (hit by pitch) both reached base safely with nobody out against Aaron Sanchez. However, the heart of the order came up empty. The Fish were unable to put runners in scoring position again for the rest of the game.
In the bottom of the first, Daniel Castano was fortunate to limit the Giants to *only* three runs. He recorded consecutive outs thanks to well-positioned defenders, but got crushed by Darin Ruf (RBI double) and Curt Casali (two-run single) on pitches down the middle of the plate. To be fair, Corey Dickerson took an awkward route on the Ruf line drive—it may have been catchable for a superior left fielder.
And...that’s about it. Neither team scored during the remaining two hours of gameplay. Castano steadied himself, ensuring that he’ll make another start later on this road trip.
Sanchez cruised through five frames without even touching 90.0 miles per hour on any of his pitches. Infuriating.
Casali must be doing something right behind the dish.
Curt Casali is the 5th catcher in the modern era (since 1900) with at least 5 straight shutouts in his starts, joining:— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) April 23, 2021
2015 Francisco Cervelli
1995 Chris Hoiles
1986 Alan Ashby
1903 Ed Phelps (6 straight)
And 1st to do it with 5 different starting pitchers!
Newly recalled from the Fish Tank, we didn’t get to see Jordan Holloway or the much-anticipated debut of 21-year-old José Devers. But for the Giants, right-hander Gregory Santos impressed in his first major league appearance, retiring the side in order in the sixth inning.
Rookie Zach Pop did well too (six up, six down), pitching multiple innings for the first time this season.
Probable starters for Friday are Sandy Alcantara and Alex Wood. Once again, it’ll be a 9:45 p.m. ET start time.