Things were looking up for the Miami Marlins to begin Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Within a couple minutes after the first pitch, Jazz Chisholm Jr. continued to do what Marlins fans have become accustomed to from him. He got a leadoff hit, stole second base, moved to third on a ground ball, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Jesús Aguilar to give Miami the early 1-0 lead.
To the casual observer, the top of the first ended without a hitch. But rookie Jose Devers took the field at second base in the bottom half of the inning where Chisholm, Jr. was supposed to be. It was later revealed that he strained his left hamstring during his steal of second base.
“Obviously he ran pretty good from third to home on the sac fly,” Marling manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s always precaution. When you say your hamstring tightened up, you’re going to be cautious right away.”
As of a few minutes after the game ended, Mattingly had not spoken to general manager Kim Ng about a possible IL stint. It should be noted that Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro missed four games earlier this month with a similar injury, and is now on the 10-day IL after reaggravating it.
Marlins starting pitcher Daniel Castano gave up two back-to-back solo home runs in the second inning to relinquish the lead. But Aguilar tied it back up the very next inning with a solo home run of his own. He now has four home runs in five games.
But every time the Marlins scored, the Brewers seemed to have an answer. They scored one run in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. The back end of the bullpen, Richard Bleier and Anthony Bass, threw two scoreless innings to keep the Marlins within a run, but besides a Jon Berti solo home run in the seventh inning, the offense went cold.
-Adam Duvall has 6 defensive runs saved in 2021. 1 of those is in center field. Tuesday was just his third start in center field this year
-Corey Dickerson had three walks Tuesday; he’s reached base in six of his nine plate appearances so far this series.
-Anthony Bass has not allowed a run in seven appearances (6.1 IP) since moving to a middle-relief role.
-The Marlins’ neighbors from Broward, the Florida Panthers, clinched their first playoff appearance since 2015-16 on Tuesday night