Once again, the Miami Marlins couldn’t seem to get out of their own way, losing game two of their doubleheader to the New York Mets, 2-1.
The Marlins were able to get on the board first when Jesús Sánchez led off the second inning with a 445-foot home run that landed in the upper deck in right field. Sánchez has homered 10 times since August 28, the highest total among all MLB rookies.
The following inning, it seemed like the Marlins would get some valuable insurance runs in the seven-inning game. With two runners on and two outs, Eddy Alvarez singled to load the bases. But he inexplicably took a big turn around first base and got thrown out trying to return back to first, ending the inning and potential rally.
Marlins starting pitcher Trevor Rogers was, once again, cruising through the game. He didn’t allow a hit until two outs into the fourth inning. His lone run allowed came in the fifth when Kevin Pillar singled to left field on the 10th pitch of the at-bat. Rogers struck out six over five innings of work.
The Marlins bullpen held the score at 1-1 for as long as they could. Anthony Bender began the bullpen’s night by getting out of the sixth inning after inheriting a runner on third with two outs.
After the game was tied after seven innings, Magneuris Sierra started “extra innings” on second base and immediately got picked off. The Marlins have been consistently bad on the basepaths this year, leading the league by a wide margin in times picked off (22).
“I think our guys are playing hard,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “But I’m not sure we’re thinking very much. Just kind of running and playing, not really focused on playing baseball.”
This is Miami’s seventh straight loss, having already lost game one of the doubleheader earlier in the day.
They face the Mets again Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. Elieser Hernandez will take the mound against Taijuan Walker.
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