A five-run first inning outburst was more than enough for the Miami Marlins in their 6-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at LoanDepot Park in Miami.
|Cincinnati Reds (71-60)||1||8||1|
|Miami Marlins (54-76)
|W: Alcantara (8-12) L: Gutierrez (9-5)
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Before the 6:10 ET start, it was clear that the Reds would need to keep things close against the Marlins, because the home team starting pitcher was one of the best young righties in the game, Sandy Alcantara. That objective was pretty much squashed in the bottom of the first inning when the home team scored five runs to lead by that amount after the first frame.
Pending the result of the Milwaukee Brewers game at Minnesota, Cincinnati fell to eight games out of first place. That game was tied in the sixth inning when this post was set live.
The Reds’ lead over San Diego for the second National League Wild Card berth shrunk to 1 1/2 games, pending the outcome of the Padres’ game at Anaheim, which was just starting at the time this post went live.
Tyler Naquin extended his hitting streak to 17 games with an RBI double in the third inning. Prior to the game, his August stat line was one to behold: .419/.488/.797/1.285.
Reds bats were largely overmatched by Alcantara’s lights-out stuff. For the second consecutive start, Alcantara was dominant against Cincinnati, striking out 12 batters tonight after 11 last weekend. The Reds left the bases loaded in the third and two men on in the fourth, and that was the extent of their opportunities against Alcantara.
There are outstanding pitchers who can beat anyone, and Alcantara falls into that category. Even back in the Big Red Machine days when the Reds pounded bad teams with regularity, they were more often than not shut down when they faced Randy Jones of the Padres. Truth be told, this game was essentially over after the first inning.
If you want to dream a bit, Alcantara has a similar build to Hunter Greene, as well as the blazing fastball. Greene is going to have to develop secondary pitches he can throw consistently for strikes to match Alcantara’s effectiveness, but it’s fun to think about.
Tucker Barnhart, Nick Castellanos and Max Schrock had two hits apiece. Note to anyone who will listen: As long as Jesse Winker is unavailable, let’s see Schrock in left field against righties. The guy can absolutely hit.
Vladimir Gutierrez just didn’t have it tonight. Perhaps he was too pumped up for pitching in front of his friends and family for the first time in the majors. In the post-game interview, he said maybe the fact that Miami has a substantial Cuban population went a little to his head.
He wasn’t helped by a couple of misplays by third baseman Mike Moustakas, who later left the game with right hip tightness. But the first eight Marlins reached, with the only out coming on Jesus Aguilera trying to advance from first to third on a run-scoring single by Jorge Alfaro. Gutierrez recovered to pitch scoreless ball in the second and third innings, but the damage had been done.
Tony Santillan pitched a scoreless fourth and fifth, working out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the latter inning. Amir Garrett continued to struggle, allowing two doubles and a run in the sixth. Luis Cessa pitched a one-two-three seventh, and Justin Wilson duplicated that feat in the eighth.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds at Miami Marlins
Sunday, August 29, 1:10 p.m. ET
Tyler Mahle (10-4, 3.69 ERA) vs. Jesus Luzardo (4-7, 7.91 ERA)