The Miami Marlins are back in the win column on Saturday night after coming from behind and knocking off the San Diego Padres. The Fish three unanswered runs to push past the Padres and get their first win in the four-game series. Jesús Aguilar came through in the bottom of the seventh with the game-winning two-run single to center field.
The Marlins had left-handed pitching prospect Braxton Garrett on the mound after getting called up earlier in the day due to All-Star LHP Trevor Rogers being placed on the 10-Day IL due to lower back spasms.
Garrett had a good outing in his first start versus the San Diego Padres. Garrett pitched seven innings allowing four hits, two runs, one walk and a career-high ten strikeouts.
The Alabama native also had 28 called strikes which is the most by any Marlins pitcher since Wei-Yin Chen in 2018. He benefited to some extent from Doug Eddings’ generous strike zone.
Right-handed relief pitcher Dylan Floro came in relief for Garrett. Floro had a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the eighth. Floro had some help from his center fielder as Starling Marte robbed Eric Hosmer out of an extra-base hit in left center. Floro would strikeout Tommy Pham looking and Fernando Tatís Jr. grounded out to Miguel Rojas at short.
Floro was replaced in the top of the ninth by Yimi García to try to close the game. Garcia walked the first batter but was able to respond by striking out Manny Machado and getting the final two outs on a weird play to end the game. In the final play, Wil Myers hit a grounder to second in which Isan Diaz flipped it to Rojas to try to turn the double play but couldn’t due to Trent Grisham interfering on the play and not sliding at second or getting out of the way.
This was Yimi’s 15th save of the season.
On offense, the Marlins didn’t do a ton but they had a big seventh inning which led to their victory. First baseman Jesús Aguilar had a big night at the dish as he went 1-for-2 with the game-winning two-run single and two walks.
Miguel Rojas also had a nice night at the dish as he went 2-for-4 with two singles and scored twice. Third baseman Brian Anderson returned to the lineup as he was activated from the 60-Day IL earlier today. Anderson went 1-for-4 with a single into RF in his first game back from the IL.
The Miami Marlins will look to split the sweep with the San Diego Padres in the series finale. The Marlins starting pitcher for the series finale as not been announced yet. Trevor Rogers was originally listed as the Sunday starter before being placed on the IL.
Right-handed pitcher Yu Darvish will get the start for the Padres in the series finale at Miami. Darvish has pitched very well in his first season as a Padres. The 5-time All-Star has posted a 7-4 record with a 3.09 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and has struck out 128 batters in 110.2 innings pitched. First pitch is at 1:10 pm EST.