Maybe some people on social media forgot, so Jazz Chisholm, Jr. reminded them on Thursday night: He is a superstar in the making with clutch abilities.
It was a home run off his bat in the eighth inning that propelled the Miami Marlins to a 3-2 win over the New York Mets. With the rubber match victory, the Marlins have quietly won four of their last five series.
Chisholm, Jr.’s home run went halfway up the second deck in right field. Somehow, Statcast only measured it at 402 feet. Asked if he agreed with that, he simply laughed and said “I don’t.”
From the time he stepped onto the field for opening day with his hair dyed blue, it was clear that he lived for the spotlight and big moments. Playing against superstars like Francisco Lindor, Javy Báez, and Marcus Stroman don’t scare him either. In fact, it only seems to fuel him more.
“Every time I see someone I feel that’s a superstar that I’m going up against, I feel that I need to be better than them,” Chisholm, Jr. said after the game.
Until that point, neither offense could get a whole lot going. Besides a Javy Báez solo home run in the third inning, the Mets only other run was due to two consecutive wild pitches by Miami starting pitcher Jesús Luzardo that allowed Baez to advance from second to third, and then from third to home.
The Marlins scored one run in the sixth, seventh, and eighth inning to come back from their two-run deficit. Chisholm, Jr. drove home Eddy Alvarez in the sixth to get on the board. Then, Lewis Brinson drove home Isan Díaz on a swinging bunt down the third base line.
Things looked dicey to begin the eighth when Pete Alonso hit a leadoff triple off the right field wall. But Miami reliever Anthony Bender got two consecutive outs before intentionally walking Michael Conforto to put runners at the corners. Richard Bleier came in to finish the job and get the final out.
The Miami bullpen allowed no runs in the final 3 1⁄3 innings.
The Marlins will travel to Atlanta Friday night to play the Braves. Trevor Rogers will take the mound against Ian Anderson at 7:20 p.m.
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