The Miami Marlins don’t have a lot of what most would call “star power”, but what little they have was on display in Tuesday’s 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
It was another superb start for 20-year-old All-Star Jose Fernandez, who went seven solid innings allowing just two runs on five hits while striking out eight to earn his team-best sixth victory. Giancarlo Stanton even gave Miami some insurance late with a tape-measure home run in the eighth inning, but the night belonged to a man wearing his age of his back.
Prior to the game, the Marlins brought up two of their most valued prospects, outfielders Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick. To make room on the roster, Miami optioned a pair of youngsters, who had been playing every day, down to Double-A Jacksonville. Second baseman Derek Dietrich, who is third on the club with nine home runs and outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who has been one of Miami’s more consistent hitters on the season, were each sent down.
Both Marisnick and Yelich got the start in the outfield and while Marisnick will have to wait another day for his first big league hit, Yelich made an instant splash. Yelich had singles in each of his first three at-bats before lining out in his final plate appearance.
Yelich, just 21 years old, finished the night 3-for-4 with two RBIs. His RBI single in the third inning got the Marlins on the board and brought home Adeiny Hechavarria to tie the game at one. With Miami leading 2-1 in the fifth, Yelich’s third hit of the night, a single that was too hot to handle for Colorado second baseman D.J. LeMahieu, gave the Marlins a two-run lead.
While it was just one game, the Miami Marlins organization is expecting big things out of Yelich and had to like what it saw on Tuesday night. The trade with Toronto prior to the season, which ruffled the feathers of so many fans in the South Florida area, is starting to pay dividends as well. Marisnick and Hechavarria both came to Miami in the trade and while Marisnick was 0-for-4 in his Major League debut, Hechavarria has been the National League’s leading hitter in the month of July in addition to playing Gold Glove defense. Hechavarria was 2-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored in Tuesday’s victory and has hits in 17 of his last 18 games.
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