The streaking Marlins matched their largest margin of victory this season while shutting out Toronto’s dangerous lineup.
It might be safe to say the Miami Marlins missed their home of loanDepot Park. Returning home from a three-city road trip across three time zones that saw them go 6-3, the Marlins put up 11 runs against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.
The offense was awoken by a Jorge Soler two-run home run in the third inning. It was his third consecutive game recording an RBI, and has nine in his last eight games. Jesús Sánchez scored later in the inning on a Garrett Cooper double. Sánchez himself had two doubles, two runs and an RBI.
The Fish put up five runs on Blue Jays starting pitcher José Berríos in just four innings. Berríos had thrown 11 ⅔ consecutive scoreless innings coming into Monday.
If the Marlins didn’t already feel comfortable up 5-0 going into the seventh, they soothed themselves with five runs in the frame. The Marlins’ first five hitters reached base and later scored on hits from Joey Wendle, Jon Berti, Luis Arraez, and Bryan De La Cruz, respectively.
“We laid off some tough pitches to get back into (hitters’) counts,” Schumaker said. “The adjustment that Soler made from one at-bat to the next, Stallings laid off a ton of pitches. Berti, Arraez, I mean up and down the lineup, I think every guy felt really good about their day.”
Sánchez, De La Cruz, Cooper, and Berti all had multiple hits, with Berti having three.
Arraez went 5-for-5, becoming just the second player in Marlins history to record five four-hit games in a season, after Hanley Ramirez did it in 2007. Per the Marlins, Arraez is also the fourth player to record five or more hits in a game at least three times in a calendar month in the modern era, joining George Sisler, Ty Cobb, and Dave Winfield.
“Everything he does is infectious. His process is infection. The way he gameplans is infectious. His personality in that clubhouse, he’s always upbeat. I mean I’d be upbeat too if I was 5-for-5 every day.”
“This is fun because we win,” Arraez said. “Everybody can hit. So I’m excited for this team. Now everybody is starting to trust this team.”
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