Trevor Rogers will have a bad outing at some point this season...right? Well, as the Marlins close in on the one-quarter mark of their 2021 campaign, the powerful southpaw has proven capable—again and again and again—of giving the team a chance to compete regardless of how sharp his stuff is. In Thursday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks, in front of an enthusiastic group of friends and family members who made the trip to Chase Field, Rogers went six quality innings, biding enough time for the offense to do their part in the 5-1 win.
- Trevor Rogers—6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 29.9 CSW% (87 pitches)
- Merrill Kelly—6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 27.1 CSW% (96 pitches)
"I heard em every pitch."— Ethan Budowsky (@ethanbudowsky) May 14, 2021
Rogers's high school coach was there, said it was like being back in high school.
20-25 people there for him.
Rogers didn’t have the feel for his secondary pitches to overpower Arizona batters in this start—he generated swinging strikes at his lowest rate of the season. But his fastball velocity and control carried him a long way, and he was able to avoid their barrels (only two batted balls had exit velocities of 100-plus miles per hour).
The Marlins took their initial lead in the top of the third inning. Miguel Rojas singled home Magneuris Sierra on a ball that split the middle infielders.
Rojas went 2-for-5 in the contest. On a night when retired outfielder Cody Ross was in attendance (he happens to be Rogers’ cousin), the steady shortstop moved within one hit of matching his Marlins career total.
Arizona responded in the bottom of the fifth, cashing in on Tim Locastro’s leadoff double.
Coming off an emergency bullpen game on Wednesday, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo tried to push Merrill Kelly through Miami’s lineup for a third time. Kelly wasn’t up for the task. Corey Dickerson and Adam Duvall both singled against him in the following inning, creating a two-out opportunity for the slumping Brian Anderson. BA slashed a fastball to right field for the go-ahead RBI knock.
Arguably Rogers’ best pitch of the game was his fastest one, a 97.0 mph heater on the inside corner to freeze Andrew Young for the second out of the sixth. He proceeded to strike out Josh Rojas to keep the 2-1 scoreboard edge intact.
As we have witnessed repeatedly, the Marlins ramp up their run production once the starting pitcher exits. In the seventh, they greeted right-hander Chris Devenski with four consecutive hits to stretch the lead to 5-1.
Dylan Floro, Anthony Bender and Anthony Bass went the rest of the way with ease. Bender has now K’d eight of his first 14 big league batters faced.
Rogers earned his fifth win of the season—the only MLB pitcher with more is Jack Flaherty of the Cardinals. His earned run average dropped a smidge to 1.84 (fifth-best among all qualifiers). Road trip specialist and National League RBI king Jesús Aguilar had a run-of-the-mill 3-for-5 performance.
At 17-20, Miami has tied Atlanta for third place in the NL East standings. And yes, for what it’s worth, the Fish still own the division’s top run differential (plus-12).
Friday at 10:10 p.m. ET, the Marlins begin a three-game set against the reigning World Series champion Dodgers. We will be treated to a scrumptious starting pitching matchup in the series opener: Sandy Alcantara vs. Clayton Kershaw.