In what looked to be a day for the Marlins to salvage the final game of this weekend’s series against the Boston Red Sox, Massachusetts weather would have other plans.
No less than 25 minutes after the slated first pitch of 1:10, the game would be called due to inclement weather, with heavy rains making for a 49 degree Sunday afternoon. Per the Marlins Twitter account, the game will be made up on Monday, June 7th, both originally scheduled off days for the respective teams.
Having lost the rain-shortened series opener 5-2 in 5 1⁄2 innings on Friday, the Marlins got 6 gutsy innings of two-run ball from Trevor Rogers - who scattered 9 hits - on Saturday, though they would fall 3-1, dropping their record to 24-28.
Miami had planned to start Sandy Alcantara in what was to be his 12th start of the season. Through 11 starts, Alcantara has posted a 2-4 record with a 3.46 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over 65 innings. The right-hander’s 2.8 BB9 makes for the lowest such mark of his career thus far, as does his 6.5 H9.
The staff ace is coming off an outing where he pitched 8 innings of 2-run ball against the Phillies taking the loss in a 2-0 Phillies victory. With today’s game now postponed, Alcantara is slated to start the opening game of the team’s series versus the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays will counter with left-hander Robbie Ray with first pitch slated for 7:07 Eastern from Sahen Field in Buffalo.
The original lineup Miami had in place for Sunday’s game would again be without Jazz Chisholm and Adam Duvall. Chisholm, who is currently hitting .286/.350/.486 this season, has missed the past four games due to a right ankle sprain, while the defense stalwart Duvall had yet to appear in a game in Boston due to soreness in his left side. Among all qualified players, Duvall’s 11 defensive runs saved lead all of baseball according to Fielding Bible.
Sunday, too, was to mark the Major League debut of Luis Marte, batting 9th and playing 2nd base.
Primarily a shortstop throughout his minor league career - one which spanned across three organizations - Marte has also seen extensive time at third base (114 games), second (63 games), as well as short stints at first base and left field.
In 825 career minor league games, the 27-year old Marte owns a career .250/.272/.339 slash line, hitting 37 home runs and stealing 102 bases.