The Miami Marlins came into their five-game road series versus the defending champion Washington Nationals having dropped their last five.
Both teams showcased their athleticism and smart strategy, but it would be the Marlins that would go back over .500 after winning three of the five games.
Here are my five takeaways from Miami’s series win over Washington.
1 — Miguel Rojas’ fiery return
Miguel Rojas finally returned to play for the first time since the season-opening series in late July. Rojas seemed to not miss a step, hitting a three-run homer run in his first at bat, ultimately ending Miami’s losing streak.
Catcher Jorge Alfaro also returned to the lineup, starting at catcher. With Miguel and Jorge back in the Marlins starting lineup, this could mean that Miami may be seeing more players return to play very soon.
2 — Matt Joyce and Corey Dickerson coming out of slump
Before heading to Washington, Matt Joyce was hitting a .256 average while Corey Dickerson was hitting a .211 average.
Now, Joyce is hitting above .300 and Dickerson is on a nine-game hitting streak. Both veterans struggled to get in their grove, but as of late, it seems that fans are paying the price of virtual admission to see these two come swinging.
Joyce batted 6-15 throughout the series while Dickerson went 9-19, and they both recorded home runs. With these two coming off of multi-hit games with clutch moments, there is a new look for this Marlins team.
3 — New guys on the block
During the series, the Marlins called up and debuted top prospects Sixto Sanchez, Jesus Sanchez, Brian Navarreto and Brandon Leibrandt.
The Marlins were previously rated the No. 4 farming system in the MLB this season, and their group of guys have brought an immediate impact to the majors. One player that stood out the most was Sixto, who was ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the clubs system.
He received a starting nod in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader and did not disappoint. The 22-year-old posted four strikeouts through five innings en route to his first major league victory.
With Sandy Alcantara, Caleb Smith, and Jose Urena still training for a comeback, Sixto could be with the club for longer than expected.
4 — Six-run inning is what fans have been praying for
Taking a look at Monday’s series closer, in which the Marlins did everything right in the fourth inning. Registering six runs from six hits, Miami looked to be in mid-season form.
The Marlins’ six run fourth inning would be crucial in their 11-8 victory over the Nationals on Monday.
5 — Marlins’ hitting frenzy wins series
With six of Miami’s hitters tallying multi-hit performances on Monday, their loaded swing won them their first series since the Baltimore Orioles.
The Marlins’ 53 total hits throughout the series were 11 more than what the Nationals totaled. With those hits turning into runs, the defense making close to no mistakes, and pitching mostly doing their job, the Miami Marlins are riding the wave with a winning record as they prepare to face the New York Mets.
Player of the Series: Corey Dickerson
Mentioned earlier, Dickerson finally got out of his slump with his performance in Washington, going 9-19 while hitting two homers and extending his hitting streak to nine games.
With a few multi-hit games and some stellar defense in the outfield, Dickerson earns the Player of the Series mention.