Lewis Brinson was the hero for the Marlins on Saturday night, lining a two-run, opposite-field home run off the foul pole that belongs near the very top of the list of his finest moments with the Fish franchise. The eighth-inning comeback further impedes the Phillies’ pursuit of a postseason berth and keeps Miami out of the NL East cellar.
- Ranger Suárez—5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 31.0 CSW% (71 pitches)
- Trevor Rogers—4.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 31.3 CSW% (83 pitches)
Pitching in the majors for the first time since July 31, Trevor Rogers did alright. His fastball velocity was close to his 2021 season norms. This start also marked his first game throwing to Alex Jackson, who called for nearly as many secondary pitches (40) as heaters (43).
The lone extra-base hits against the rookie left-hander were Andrew McCutchen’s solo home run to break the scoreless tie and Ranger Suárez’s double down the left-field line. The Suárez mistake was particularly regrettable, a two-strike fastball that caught too much of the plate. Suárez had never driven in a run prior to that.
Had Rogers been fully stretched out, he most likely would’ve had the opportunity to complete the fifth himself. Instead, Zach Pop bailed him out.
Suárez exited after five shutout frames due to a “dead arm,” according to Phillies skipper Joe Girardi. Initially, the bullpen continued his fine work, but Archie Bradley slipped up in the eighth inning.
Miguel Rojas put the Marlins on the scoreboard with a sharp single that chased home Bryan De La Cruz. Bradley then recorded critical back-to-back strikeouts to temporarily preserve the 2-1 Phillies edge.
Brinson’s game-changing blast wasn’t a question of height or distance, just fair or foul:
Despite allowing the leadoff man to reach in the top of the ninth, Dylan Floro held onto the one-run cushion to convert his eighth save of the season.
This was only the fourth time this season that the Marlins have trailed entering the eighth inning and rallied to win.
The Marlins have a chance to complete the series sweep Sunday at 1:10 p.m. with Elieser Hernandez on the mound.