Cardinals strand 10 on base as 9th Inning rally comes up short, drop game-one in Miami 2-1
A below average veteran left-hander took the ball in game-one vs the Cardinals, so you don’t even need to read this recap, I’m sure you all know how it ends. But in case you don’t, please by all means, keep reading.
Luke Weaver countered Chen, and the young righty would fall behind early, as the Marlins would plate their first run in the bottom of the 1st. After Chen retired the Birds on order to begin the game, Dietrich opened the game for the Fish with a double into RF, blooping it over Carp’s outstretched glove at 1B. Brian Anderson drove in Dietrich with an RBI single to RF next, making it 1-0 Marlins. Weaver then picked up his first of five k’s, getting Relamuto looking at a changeup. After Bour reached on an infield single, Weaver would end the inning inducing a 6-4-3 double-play ball on Castro.
The Cardinals would get their only hit off Chen in the top of the 2nd, as Swags led off the inning lining a single into LF, coming off the bat at 112 mph. Trap House flew out to Anderson next, and Pauly D would reach base via catcher interference from Realmuto, putting two on for Bader with one out. Chen would end the inning getting Bader and Muñoz, striking Yairo out on a fastball.
Luke Weaver would retire the next 8 in-a-row after the inning ending double-play on Castro in the bottom of the 1st. Weaver recorded three straight ground outs in the bottom of the 2nd, getting Prado, Riddle, and Mags Sierra. Weaver would work a 12-pitch inning in the bottom of the 3rd, picking up two strikeouts to bring his total to three. Chen and Dietrich opened the inning with back-to-back k’s on Weaver’s fastball and Anderson, Tim McCarver’s apparent NL ROY, grounded out to Muñoz to end the inning.
Meanwhile, Chen is still dominating the bats, I wish I was surprised.
Weavs would begin the bottom of the 4th with two quick ground outs back to himself on the mound, getting Realmuto and Bour to bring in Castro. Castro extended the Marlins lead to 2-0, as he ended the 8 consecutive retired streak for Weaver, crushing a solo HR to LF.
Chen still dominating.
Weaver picked up two more strikeouts in the bottom of the 5th, getting Riddle on a fastball to being the inning. Mags Sierra, with one career XBH (double), would collect his second career XBH, slapping a double into LF, deflecting off the glove of Swags. Weaver stranded him at 2B, striking out Chen on a fastball and the retiring Dietrich on a pop out to Muñoz.
Chen would be run from the game in the top of the 6th after recording two outs. He would get Carp to strikeout for the second time, getting him to whiff at a slider. Yadi worked a one out walk to bring in Cafecíto, who would ground into a 6-4 fielder’s choice. With Cafecíto representing the tying run and Swags coming up to bat, Don Mattingly would turn to his pen, going with a righty, Elieser Hernandez. Swags would greet Hernandez with the the second Cardinal hit of the night, also his second hit of the night, a single into LF. Hernandez worked around the trouble, getting Gyorko to strikeout on three straight fastballs.
Weaver’s final inning came in the the 6th, getting two quick outs on Anderson, ground out to Carp, and Realmuto, fly out to Cafecíto in foul territory down the RF line. Cafecíto with a web gem in RF, who would’ve thought? Bour and Castro followed Café’s nifty sliding grab with back-to-back singles, bringing in Prado. Weaver ended his evening getting Prado to ground out to Jedd at 3B.
Weaver’s final line: (6IP, 7 hits, 2r/2er, 0 bb, 5 k’s, 88 pitches)
Tyler Webb would finish the night for the Cardinals, throwing the final 2 innings. JT Riddle would get the only hit off Webb, leading the bottom of the 7th off with a single to RF. Sierra then bunt popped out to Webb for the first out before Galloway (pinch-hit) struck out looking on a fastball for the second out. Dietrich popped out to Muñoz for the final out, taking things to the 8th.
Steckenrider would get the 8th for the Marlins, giving up a leadoff single to RF to Carp to open up the frame. Yadi and Cafecíto flew out to bring in Swags (3-4), who would reach on an infield single for his third single of the night. Steckenrider then ended the inning on his 27th pitch, getting Gyorko to fly out to Sierra.
The Cardinals would make things interesting in the top of the 9th, getting things started off Barraclough with back-to-back singles from DeJong and Bader. Muñoz then worked a walk to load the bases for Wong (pinch-hitting). Wong would strikeout looking on a full count, falling victim to a slider. Carp then delivered with the easiest RBI of his career, drawing a walk to bring in DeJong to make it 2-1 Marlins. Mattingly would turn to his pen, going with Javy Guerra. Guerra secured the 2-1 win for the Fish, inducing a game-ending double-play ball on Yadi, going 6-4-3 on the play.
The Lizard King (11-3, 2.75) gets the ball in game-two, facing off against Pablo López (2-2, 4.67). First pitch 6:10 c/t.
Thanks for reading, cheers!
Game 113 is in the books