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Marlins hold off Brewers, 7-5

WP: Chin (2-1); LP Anderson (1-3); S - Price (1) HR - Miami, Dietrich (2), Hechavarria (2), Stanton (8), Ozuna (3); Mil., Perez (1)

Welcome back, Hernan Perez!
Welcome back, Hernan Perez!
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Back to baseball after three days immersed in the NFL draft.  Really.  I do it every year; I wasn't just hiding from the Brewers.

Amazing Stats of the Night:  The Marlins were 0-10 (with 5 walks) with runners in scoring position, leaving 17 on base.  And still scored 7 times.

Derek Dietrich took Chase Anderson's first pitch of the night into the second deck in right to give the Marlins a quick 1-0 lead. Anderson escaped further damage (at least on the scoreboard) despite loading the bases.  It took him 31 pitches, though, so there would be bullpen work earlier rather than later.

Anderson duplicated his first inning in the second...lead off homer (by Adieny Hechavarria), loading the bases, but getting out of it with only one run scored.  32 more pitches were used.

In the top of the third, Chase breezed with 15 pitches.  Unfortunately, that resulted in 2 runs (one unearned), as a routine error by Jonathon Villar, a misplay by Chris Carer (that was ruled a hit) and a drive off of the centerfield wall by J.T. Realmuto kept things moving on the bases for the fish.

Only 11 pitches in the 4th by Anderson held the Marlins to one run on a Giancarlo Stanton homer high off of the scoreboard in center.

Anderson was removed after allowing two hits and a sac bunt in the fifth.  With another odd move, the Brewers had Chris Capuano intentionally walk Martin Prado to load the bases with two down.  Cappy had walked 9 in 12 1/3 innings so far this year, and he walked in a run on a 3-2 pitch to Christian Yelich.  That's 11 walks in 13 innings now.

Cappy continued into the 6th, serving up a 460' blast to right center by Marell Ozuna.  He finished the inning without walking a batter!

The Brewers for some reason played for one run in the bottom of the first.  With Wei-Yin Chin on the hill, Domingo Santana led off with a double high off of the left-centerfield wall.  Craig Councell had Jonathon Villar bunt him to third. At least he was successful in doing so, and Sunday scored on a ground-out to second from Ryan Braun.

Chin ran out of gas in the bottom of the seventh, and the Brewers came back from 7-1 down to 7-5.  Jonathon Lucroy led off the inning with a solid single to right center, and with two down Aaron Hill pulled one inside the third base line for a double.  Don Mattingly was convinced:  Chin was done.  Craig Breslow, another lefty, came in and gave up the proverbial bloop and a blast - Ramon Flores drove in two with a pop-up into the Bermuda Triangle in left center, scoring Luc and Hill.  Hernan Perez then hit one just over the centerfield wall to bring the Brewers within two.

In the bottom of the 8th, the Crew wasted a two out triple from Luc when Chris Carter looked at a curve for strike three right down the middle.  Walks and patience are nice, but you have to be ready to hit anything close with strike two...especially with two out and a runner on third.

Despite having great stuff, Tyler Thornburg loaded the bases in the ninth after an infield dribbler by Prado and walks to Stanton and Miguel Rojas.  But after falling behind 1-0 to Ozuna, Tyler blew three straight fastball by him to help the Marlins get to 17 left on base.

Former Yankee David Phelps set the Brewers down in order in the bottom of the 9th, and the Marlins overcame their inefficiencies in scoring to come out with a 7-5 win.

The Marlins move to 12-11, while the Brewers fall to 8-15.  Tomorrow afternoon's game has Kohler (2-2, 4.50) vs Peralta (1-3, 7.4).  Keep improving, Wily.