In a critical series where the Marlins had a chance to clinch the playoffs for the first time since 2003, a lack of finish haunted them. And with October right around the corner, time is running out to come in clutch.
Miami started off the first game of the series as a clear winner. With three runs off of four hits, the Marlins’ offense was showing up early in Atlanta. But the Braves tomahawk chopped their way back into the lead with an even bigger first Inning performance.
Atlanta earned four runs off of three hits, making their power also known in the game. Marlins starter Trevor Rodgers had the worst game of his young career, letting go five runs off of eight hits. In the end, Atlanta would hold off the Marlins with a final score of 5-4.
The second game of the series brought lots of disappointment to the Marlins’ leadoff men. Miami had 10 hits with only one run to show for. Miami left eight runners stranded and couldn’t find any way to drive in runs.
Jose Urena started off the game and was pounded on. The former Miami ace had recorded three strikeouts and let go four runs off of six hits. Atlanta would win this game easily and secure another N.L. East title with a final score of 11-1.
Once again, the Marlins started off a game with a hot first inning and the Braves doused that fire quickly. With two long home runs from Brian Anderson and Jesus Aguilar, Miami’s defense couldn’t keep their fast lead once again.
Sixto Sanchez couldn’t get going and lost the most important game of his young career, having only pitched for three innings. The game was tied 4-4 for a long time, but a very solid fourth inning performance by the Braves shot them over the moon and secured a 9-4 win and a series victory over the Marlins.
Having already lost a crucial series, the Marlins looked to get one back against Atlanta before making the trip up to Yankee Stadium. Pablo Lopez started off for Miami and dominated against Atlanta.
With only two hits allowed through five innings, Lopez finished off 2020 in a great way. Jesus Aguilar was also hitting in every way during the last game, launching his second long ball of the series,
The Marlins would get the win against the Braves with a final score of 4-2, and bring their magical number to make it into the postseason down to two.
Offensive Player of the Series- Jesus Aguilar
Going 7-16 in at-bats, Aguilar kept mauling baseballs in attempts to put Miami ahead in all games. The club got to see Aguilar’s power throughout the series, hitting two homers in Truist Park.
With Aguilar hitting like he did during this series, there would be no surprise if he didn’t continue to dominate against the Yankees and possibly in the Playoffs.
Defensive Player of the Series- Pablo Lopez
Being the only Marlins starter that didn’t give up a run to the Braves, Lopez’ outstanding performance is worthy of some recognition. Posting six strikeouts, Lopez once again proved why he deserves a spot in this coveted starting rotation.
The Marlins will miss Lopez during the Yankees series, but he ends off his 2020 regular season on a banger.
The Marlins have October in their sights, but the race isn’t over for the young Fish. They’ll travel to the Bronx where they’ll face the Yankees to finish the regular season and attempt to cross the finish line ahead of any other team still in their respective playoff pushes.