A day after Braxton Garrett delivered his most promising effort to date at the Major League level, manager’s Don Mattingly’s plan of attack for Sunday’s series finale - the 100th game of the season for the Marlins - against the San Diego Padres was the bullpen. His starter for this, another bullpen day for the battered and beaten Marlins’ rotation; John Curtiss.
In Curtiss’ first opening assignment since May 21st, the right-hander eeked out a scorless first inning, lowering his season ERA to 2.56.
All in all, the Marlins pen delivered, limiting San Diego to 5 hits in a 9-3 Miami win to earn a series split. Of note Sunday was Miami’s ability to get to Yu Darvish, tagging the Padres’ ace for 4 runs over his 5 innings pitched.
For Sierra, whose offensive contribution appears insignifcant in the grand scheme of Sunday’s final score, his 5th inning RBI double should serve more for some personal gratification, keeping him away from the wrong side of history.
Driving in the prior-noted Marrero in his 141st plate appearance, Sierra’s first RBI of the season keeps him one plate appearance behind Caleb Joseph in 2016 for the most plate appearances in a single-season without driving in a single run.
On the #Marlins bingo card, who had:— Christina De Nicola (@CDeNicola13) July 25, 2021
-- Two baserunning outs for the Padres
-- Lewis Brinson homer
-- Magneuris Sierra's first RBI of the season
-- Deven Marrero homer AND stolen base
Below are graphics for Sweet Lew's HR. pic.twitter.com/m93ZErZaDT
For Marrero, who entered play with no hits in 8 career at-bats as a Marlin, the former first round pick would have a career-day, finishing with 3 hits, including his first home run since 2017. Marrero started Sunday in place of shortstop Miguel Rojas.
I’m pretty sure Deven Marrero just accidentally hit a home run. pic.twitter.com/9W5ZJZeYwh— Ethan Budowsky (@ethanbudowsky) July 25, 2021
As for Brinson, his third home run of the season would cap off a 5-run 6th inning, extending the Marlins lead to 7. Brinson entered in the 5th inning, pinch-hitting for pinch-hitter Zach Thompson, who, in turn, was pinch hitting for Anthony Bender.
Anderson tagged Darvish for a solo home run in the 4th in just his second game since returning from the 60-Day IL, while Marte quietly strung together his 8th game of at least 3 hits. To add insult to injury, Marte’s 2 stolen bases Sunday now have him at 21 on the season and sole possession of 2nd place in the NL.
“Andy provides us with so many more options...I see him as another of those everyday guys.” said Mattingly postgame.
The Marlins will have an off-day Monday as they travel to Baltimore where they’ll begin a three game series with the Orioles starting on Tuesday. Per Mattingly, the team is expected to start Sandy Alcantara as he returns from the Berevemant List.