In his penultimate bid to start the National League All-Star game, Sandy Alcantara was more of the same, and by that, we mean more of baseball’s best pitcher in 2022.
Scattering 6 hits, Alcantara authored 7 scoreless innings, striking out 4 on 93 pitches in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over the Mets. The Marlins’ ace extends his streak of at least 7 innings pitched to 12 and lowers his season ERA to 1.73.
Sandy Alcantara just making Mets bats look silly pic.twitter.com/REMI0tNYqH— Starting 9 (@Starting9) July 10, 2022
In relief of their ace, Anthony Bass, Richard Bleier, and Tanner Scott - the latter converting his 12th save after suffering yesterday’s extra-inning loss - each worked scoreless innings. Bass, who worked a scoreless 8th, hasn’t allowed an earned run since June 13th.
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• 7 shutout innings from Sandy Alcantara
• 3 shutout innings from Bass, Bleier, & Scott
• 2 runs in the 10th from Billy Hamilton's speed & Luke Hamilton's RBI
2-0 win & series split in New York @Marlins | #MakeItMiami pic.twitter.com/LtsCIXN8Ow
Per usual, though, the Marlins’ bats did little to muster any support for their ace as Taijuan Walker was on his A-game as well. Himself vying for his second All-Star selection, the right-hander matched Alcantara with 7 scoreless innings of his own, allowing just three singles (all to Jon Berti), whilst striking out 7.
Beyond the aforementioned Berti and a 3-hit day from New York’s Luis Guillorme, offense was hard to come by in the Big Apple, as home plate would remain untouched through the first 9 innings of play.
Come the 10th inning, though, Billy Hamilton’s 317th career stolen base and an ensuing errant throw from Mets’ catcher Tomás Nido made for the game’s first run.
Billy Hamilton does it again!!!!!!— Bally Sports Florida: Marlins (@BallyMarlins) July 10, 2022
Hamilton steals third and the wild throw brings in the first run of the ballgame @Marlins | #MakeItMiami pic.twitter.com/ygXuHMldTW
The Fish would add on thanks to a Luke Williams RBI-single. Since being recalled from the minors on June 29th, Williams has gone 4-8 with 2 RBI in 9 plate appearances.
The Marlins head home to Miami where they’ll host one more homestand prior to the All-Star break. The Fish begin another four-game series tomorrow against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Trevor Rogers (4-7, 5.57 ERA) will make his second career start versus Pittsburgh, and first in loanDepot Park. The Pirates have yet to announce a starter for Monday’s 6:40 opener.
- Upon completing 7 innings Sunday, Alcantara became the first pitcher since Clayton Kershaw in 2014 to pitch at least 7 innings in 12 consecutive outings. Kershaw would finish the year 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA en route to collecting NL Cy Young and MVP honors.
- Alcantara’s 1.73 ERA is the lowest through a pitcher’s first 18 starts of the season since Roger Clemens’ 1.69 mark in 1997.
- Shortstop Miguel Rojas exited Sunday’s game with neck tightness. In the 13 prior games, Rojas had hit .317/.356/.512. “We’ll see where he’s at tomorrow,” said manager Don Mattingly.