It had been a week and 2 days (9 games) since the Marlins could muster more than 5 runs in a game.
Monday in Washington D.C., the Marlins ended their hitting woes in an 11-8 victory vs. the Nationals and built important momentum heading into a 4-game series with the New York Mets.
With Sandy Alcántara, Caleb Smith, and José Ureña still on the IL, Pablo López has stepped up. Tonight was no different. López pitched 5 strong innings, while giving up 3 runs (0 earned) and lowering his ERA to a measly 1.98. Pablo has been a surprising ace for this surprising Marlins squad. It will be exciting to see if he can keep up this pace throughout this short season.
The number: 17 HITS (and 6 walks)! This number is the highest we have seen by 3 hits, topping the Marlins’ 14-11 victory against Toronto earlier in the season. The stream of hits were led by the combined 8 hits of Jon Berti, Jesus Aguilar, and Corey Dickerson. The only member of the starting lineup to not cash in on the hitting frenzy was Jesus Sánchez, although he continues to look more and more comfortable at the plate. 8 of the Marlins 11 runs came with two outs.
Next: The Fish (12-11) head to New York for a 4-game set with the Mets (12-14). Neither the Marlins nor the Mets have announced starters for either game in Tuesday’s doubleheader.