Sunday’s series finale against the beaten-and-battered New York Mets was one brimming with storylines.
Former Marlin Jordan Yamamoto, recently recalled by the Mets, made his first career start against his former team. Between 2019-2020, Yamamoto posted a 6.20 ERA over 90 innings pitched with Miami.
In his return to loanDepot Park, Yamamoto allowed 5 runs (4 earned) over 4 innings pitched, walking and striking out 2, respectively. All of the runs allowed at the hands of Yamamoto came in the 2nd inning, though the right-hander would settle in to pitch a scoreless 3rd and 4th before exiting with right shoulder soreness after 73 pitches.
Fortunately for Miami, the 5 runs charged to Yamamoto would be all they would need in what would wind up being a 5-1 victory, improving their record to 22-24.
Sunday would also mark Cody Poteet’s third career start, his first at home.
The right-hander would baffle a New York lineup that featured two former Marlins—Jonathan Villar and Cameron Maybin—authoring 7 scoreless innings, striking out 4 against no walks, and lowering his ERA to 1.06. Poteet even added his first career hit and RBI, a dribbler down the first base line that scored Miami’s first run in the aforementioned 5-run 2nd.
That 2nd inning.— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) May 23, 2021
loved that for us. #JuntosMiami pic.twitter.com/imFqeq117M
Keeping with the beauty of fate that seems so intertwined with baseball, Poteet is the first Marlins’ starter since Yamamoto himself to pitch 7 shutout innings in his first home start at loanDepot Park, and the first since Yamamoto to allow 3 runs or less total in his first three starts.
Cody Poteet’s changeup falls off the table like my cat decided to push it for no reason whatsoever pic.twitter.com/DAqDCZnurM— jeremy taché (@jeremytache) May 23, 2021
Through 17 innings pitched, Poteet has walked just 2 whilst striking out 13.
Miami’s offensive heroes Sunday included Brian Anderson, who picked up 2 hits in the winning effort, raising his season average to .250. Anderson’s 2 hits give him 11 over his last 7 games - a stretch in which he has hit safely in all of them - batting .458 and posting a .552 OBP. Monday’s game will mark the 400th of his career.
Garrett Cooper went 1-2, adding 2 walks in the process. Since the start of play on May 15th, Cooper has improved his on-base percentage 42 points, increasing it to .318. In the month of May, the Marlins’ right fielder has hit .302, slugging .524.
Anthony Bender closed out the victory for Miami, authoring yet another scoreless inning. Through 8.2 innings pitched, the former Indy-ball pitcher still has yet to allow a run, striking out 11 in the process.
The Marlins will get a chance to sleep in their own beds tonight as they await the start of a four game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Trevor Rogers will be searching for his 7th win as he squares off against Zach Eflin in his third career start against Philadelphia. First pitch is slated for 6:40 Eastern.