Looking to rebound from their 17th one-run loss this season, the Marlins would send Jordan Holloway to the hill in his first appearance since May 21. For Holloway—who missed the past month dealing with a groin injury—Wednesday’s return to the mound was marred by struggle, as the right-hander was charged with 5 earned runs over 3+ innings pitched.
An unfortunate hallmark to Holloway’s early big league narrative is the lack of command, noted by his 10 walks in just 17 2⁄3 innings pitched this season (5.1 BB/9). On Wednesday, more of the same continued, as the 25-year old issued 5 walks, 2 of which were to opposing starter Aaron Nola. In his 3 starts at the Major League level, Holloway has now walked 12 over just 9 2⁄3 innings, pitching to an 8.70 ERA in those outings.
In his first at-bat since being acquired by the Marlins in the trade that sent outfielder Corey Dickerson and relief pitcher Adam Cimber to the Blue Jays, infielder Joe Panik gave the Marlins an early 1-0 lead with his 3rd home run of the season. Panik became just the 7th player to homer in his first plate appearance in franchise history, per the Marlins Communications team.
The Phillies would soon answer back, though, with right fielder Bryce Harper hitting a game-tying solo shot. The home run was Holloway’s first he has allowed in the Major Leagues.
BRYCE HARPER OVER THE DAMN TREES!! pic.twitter.com/5owbmw74Q4— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) June 30, 2021
Despite Holloway’s struggles, though, Miami erupted for a 6 run 5th inning that saw the team bat around, knocking the aforementioned Nola from the game after 4.2 innings. Right fielder Adam Duvall hit his second home run in as many nights, increasing his team-leading total to 18 on the season. Per Bally Sports’ official Twitter page, Wednesday marked the 6th time this season in which Duvall has homered in back-to-back games, further reflecting the noted’s streaky nature.
Adam Duvall’s 18th home run of the season travelled 458 feet, the longest by a Marlin this season. pic.twitter.com/jPbxzrmwel— Ethan Budowsky (@ethanbudowsky) July 1, 2021
Following a brief rain delay in the bottom half of the inning, the Marlins bullpen would bail out Holloway, holding the Phillies’ offense to 1 run in an eventual 11-6 victory. The one run in question, came courtesy of Harper’s second solo home run of the night. Of note of the team’s bullpen work, Wednesday also marked the return of Steven Okert - appearing in his first Major League game since 2018 - authoring 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.
In our very best Cardi B voice:— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) July 1, 2021
The newly acquired Panik would add on to run-scoring frenzy, driving in two with a single in the prior-mentioned 6-run 5th. Encouraging, too, was the four-hit performance by Starling Marte, who snapped an 0-20 streak with a 1st inning single.
- Aaron Nola