Friday’s doubleheader was the 2021 Marlins in a nutshell, as they lost their first game to the Phillies in relatively close fashion only to rebound with a lopsided victory in the nightcap.
- Ross Detwiler—1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 33.3 CSW% (18 pitches)
- Zach Eflin—3.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 26.6 CSW% (79 pitches)
Starling Marte crushed a two-run home run off of Zach Eflin in the top of the first inning. He racked up a season-high three extra-base hits in this contest.
And to think that some of y'all were seriously worried about this guy pic.twitter.com/XnMGH4MR2B— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) July 17, 2021
Trade candidate Jesús Aguilar drove in four runs, taking sole possession of the National League lead with 66 ribbies. It was his 14th time going deep away from home—only Shohei Ohtani (15) has done that more often.
Relieving Ross Detwiler from the second inning onward, Jordan Holloway was lights out. The rookie right-hander kept the Phils off balance with an even split of mid-90s heat and breaking balls. He picked up his second career win; the previous one came under extremely similar circumstances (piggybacking Detwiler vs. the Diamondbacks on May 5).
Historic performance for Jordan Holloway❗— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) July 17, 2021
First Marlins reliever *ever* to have a game of 5+ hitless innings pic.twitter.com/yEfG1TrR8q
Newly recalled Isan Díaz was used as a pinch-hitter, his first major league appearance since June 15. Jazz Chisholm Jr. oddly continues to make mistakes on routine defensive plays, committing his 15th error of this season when attempting to field a grounder in the bottom of the second. Garrett Cooper reached base safely for the 13th straight start since healing from a back injury.
Addressing the media postgame, Don Mattingly said he couldn’t comment on the status of Jesús Sánchez who was placed on the COVID related injured list earlier in the day. At the very least, we ought to assume he’ll be unavailable for the remainder of this series (potentially longer than that if he tested positive for the virus).
Despite Holloway’s excellence, he is almost certainly headed back to Triple-A Jacksonville on Saturday. His 72-pitch effort will leave him unable to contribute until Wednesday (typical starter’s recovery timetable).
His teammates will attempt to carry this momentum into the next game. Probable starters are Zach Thompson and Vince Velasquez, with a scheduled first pitch of 4:05 p.m. ET.