The Marlins led the Red Sox wire to wire in the opening game of their road trip.
BOSTON—With a day off Monday after wrapping up a winning homestand against the Blue Jays and Pirates, the Marlins made their way up to Beantown for an interleague matchup with the Boston Red Sox. They jumped out to an early lead and never once looked back. A “get right” game in a multitude of ways. Let’s break it down.
The game began in a topsy-turvy way, with Luis Arraez striking out for the first time in 43 plate appearances. That was followed by Jorge Soler doing what Arraez does, bounce one up the middle for a base hit. Then, Bryan De La Cruz sent a ball the other way and into the Red Sox bullpen for a two-run home run. His ninth of the season to give the Marlins a 2-0 lead in the first.
Jazz then doubled in his first at-bat off the IL and flew around third, and swiped the back corner of home plate on a single by Garrett Cooper. Even though he got a bad read on the ball, Alex Verdugo’s arm was no match for Jazz’s speed, and he said after the game that once he saw Jody Reed waving him around third, the run was all but scored.
With the offense jumping out to an early lead, the only question remaining was whether Sandy could get back on track. It looked shaky in the first as back-to-back one-out doubles plated a run, but Sandy found his groove and started to look like he did last year. When he induced a 4-6-3 double play to end the bottom of the fourth inning, everyone knew that Sandy was back. He said that it’s the best he’s felt on the mound all year and that if he can provide these types of outings to a team that’s already doing well, they are going to be “celebrating again” later on in the season. He twirled a gem here in Boston, allowing only one run in seven solid innings of work.
His final line: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 95/65 P/S.
So they won the game 3-1, right? Nope. Not even close. By the time Archie Bradley shut the door in the bottom of the ninth, the Marlins had their largest margin of victory in any road game this season, thanks to the offensive contributions detailed below.
Noah’s Notes and What’s Next
- Joey Wendle went 4-for-4 with a walk. Three of the four hits didn’t leave the infield and could’ve been ruled as errors, but a hit is a hit.
- Obviously, Sandy’s performance was exactly what the doctor ordered.
- Jacob Stallings threw a runner out trying to steal second with a DART from behind the plate.
- This next one might shock you: Jean Segura hit a home run over the Green Monster! He went 2-for-5 in his first game off the IL.
- Jazz went 3-for-4 with a HBP and two runs scored in his return from turf toe.
- Garrett Cooper went 3-for-5.
- Final Score: 10-1 Marlins
- Time of game: 2 hours, 34 minutes.
- First time the Marlins are 12 games over .500 since 2009.
- First time the Marlins have won a game at Fenway Park since 2009.
- Today also marks the 20th anniversary of the Marlins losing 25-8 at Fenway Park. Revenge is sweet.
- It’s Braxton Garrett vs. TBD on Wednesday as the Marlins look to go 13 games over .500.
- It’s me on the coverage and recap again tomorrow!
- From Fenway Park in Boston, MA.
- ‘Til Tmrw!