Miami Marlins vs Boston Red Sox
It’s safe to say that the Boston Red Sox is currently en fuego.
Well, at least that’s what it felt like in the last few days. After a sluggish start to last week’s Houston Astros series, the Red Sox have now won five consecutive games. The Sox in that timespan has shown a sense of sheer ferocity and tenacity, defeating the likes of multiple in-conference rivals. However, one matchup that didn’t garner too much attention was today’s duel against the Miami Marlins.
For obvious reasons, Miami doesn’t possess a very well respected reputation within the MLB. The Marlins have almost always qualified as a laughing stock in recent history, failing to cause any noise within the NL East. As a result, Monday’s game didn’t receive much attention compared to some recent primetime matchups. In fact, it barely received any speculation at all.
Even with all that said, it’s still important that you get an overview of how things transpired. So, without further of due, here’s our Marlins vs Red Sox matchup recap
Red Sox Hitting
The Sox saw Alex Verdugo at the helm of most of the day’s hitting action. The 25-year-old center fielder went 2-for-4 on the day, batting in two separate runs off of a double and a single. Verdugo’s contributions earned him his 26th RBI on the season, and more importantly, gave the Red Sox some breathing room throughout the later stages of the game.
Christian Arroyo, meanwhile, hit a two-run single in the fourth inning after a poor era from Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro. The era from Alfaro perfectly summed up the Marlins performance in a way, as the team could not remain consistent from a mental standpoint.
On the Boston side of things, Nick Pivetta started on the mound. Pivetta, who entered out the game with confidence, lacked what it took to go the distance against the Marlins. What was a strong start soon turned into a cause for concern, as the Sox starter gave up a run in both the fourth and fifth inning. His mid-game struggles would cause him to be pulled in the fifth inning, ultimately finishing the day with two runs, seven hits, three walks, and six strikeouts overall.
Even with all that said, the Red Sox still managed to pull through relieving-wise on the evening. Hirokazu Sawamura (2-0) was awarded with the W for Boston, pitching only four outs on the way to contributing to Boston’s victory.
On the Marlins side of things, Zack Thompson (0-1) made his major league debut. Thompson gave up two runs in a span of three innings in his first accredited loss in the majors.
While we don’t want to upset Marlins fans, this game in a way qualifies as simply taking care of business for the Red Sox. The outcome we received represents the one all of us expected.
Again, we’re not trying to anger Marlins fans, but instead stating the cold hard truth. The Marlins serve as a laughing stock in major league baseball, and they will prove to be a far easier matchup than some of Boston’s future opponents. The Marlins will always be the Marlins just like the Orioles will always be the Orioles. Any other outcome of this would have stood out as a complete and utter disappointment. So, while a win is always good, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves here.
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