A nine-game trip away from loanDepot park split into three separate cities concluded at Fenway Park, where the Miami Marlins fell 5-3 to the Boston Red Sox. The game had been originally scheduled for May 30, but was postponed due to inclement weather. Monday’s defeat put the icing on the cake to a frustrating road trip. Even more frustrating for Don Mattingly’s club? The team did not have a lead the entire contest, trailing by as many as four runs.
Starling Marte, finishing 3-for-4 with a 427-foot deep blast in the fifth, kept the Marlins in it for a brief moment, but the offense really was not able to produce much. Miami batters recorded only one hit in their first 13 at-bats with runners in scoring position (finished 3-for-16 in that department).
In what was supposed to be a Pablo López start, Mattingly announced before the game that López would instead open Miami’s six-game homestead Tuesday night vs. the Colorado Rockies, resulting in Zach Thompson making his first career start as a major leaguer. Thompson, in three innings of work, gave up two earned runs on four hits, striking out one and throwing 55 pitches. Thompson came out before the bottom of the fourth as a “precaution,” according to Mattingly after the game—he twisted his ankle fielding a ground ball in the third.
Thompson was speechless after the game, saying he “was on cloud nine,” and the moment was “the coolest in my life.”
Zach Thompson made his MLB debut at Fenway Park in front of family and couldn't wipe the smile off his face postgame!— Bally Sports Florida: Marlins (@BallyMarlins) June 8, 2021
This is what sports are all about #MIAvsBOS #MLB #JuntosMiami pic.twitter.com/pyz1gScE9Z
Isan Díaz, for the first time this season, has a three-game hitting streak, raising his average to .148. Anthony Bender is now through 13 1⁄3 career innings and has yet to allow an earned run. The Marlins stole three bases, which they’d only done previously on April 3 and May 18.
Barring a World Series matchup or a drastic change to Major League Baseball’s scheduling tendencies, the Marlins are not expected to return to Fenway Park until the 2024 season. By then, their losing streak at the historic venue will be 15 years long.
Following a three-game set vs. Colorado, the Marlins will welcome the Atlanta Braves Friday-Sunday afternoon.
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