Jesus Luzardo hit a career-high 11 and Jazz Chisholm Jr hit a three-run homer as the Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1
Miami – Jesus Luzardo hit a career-high 11 and Jazz Chisholm Jr. hit a three-run homer as the Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Saturday night.
Miguel Rojas had two hits for the Marlins (66–95), one game ahead of Washington in the NL East.
Received from Oakland A for Starling Marte on 30 July, Luzardo (6–9) gave up one run and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. The left-handed batsman also walked twice and scored the lead off Chisholm’s shot.
“My first innings was not that great and I had a really good first innings today,” Luzardo said. “My bullpen wasn’t that good, but I felt it with first person when I got into the game.”
Luzardo was dropped after the dismissal of Bryce Harper to move up to sixth. Harper went 1-for-4 with three strikes. The National League MVP contenders reached a bunt single, their fourth of the season.
“Great hitter, he’s someone I want to go after and attack,” Luzardo said. “You just go out there and give it your best stuff and today, thankfully, it worked out well.”
Marlins manager Don Mattingly saw Harper’s strikeout as the ideal completion for Luzardo’s outing.
“We were considering letting him go further,” Mattingly said. “He had a great start and once he got Bryce we decided it was time.”
Anthony Bass got the last two outs from the sixth and Richard Blair followed with a perfect seventh. Anthony Bender scored in eighth and Dylan Floro closed with a score of ninth around the single for his 14th save.
“He has good stuff,” Phillips manager Joe Girardi said of Luzardo. “His fastball looks and plays great on hitters. His curveball, even though it doesn’t have a lot of depth, looks deceptive. I saw him a few years ago when he was with Oakland and I was very impressed.
Chisholm’s three-run blast in the third gave Miami a 3-0 lead. Chisholm switched right-field seats to Philadelphia starter Hans Krause for his 18th homer.
“Batting first, my coach and I talked about how I was being a little jumpy towards (Crowse),” Chisholm said. He said, ‘I sat there, I saw my pitch, waited for it and got the pitch. And I didn’t miss it. “
The Phillies made their run on an RBI single from Matt Weirling in the fifth.
In his second major league outing, Krause (0–2) was relegated after four innings. Krause conceded three runs, conceded two hits, got one out and scored three runs.
“I’m very fortunate to be here and the Phillies gave me a chance at the end of the season to show me what I can do next year,” Crouse said.
Nice send-off to Luzardo
The first person to accept his opening stint with the Marlins, Luzardo will at least carry in the off-season that his final start of 2021 was his most productive with the club. Luzardo scored 4-5 runs and had an ERA of 6.87 in his 12 outings with Miami.
“I don’t think my time here reflects the type of pitcher I can be,” Luzardo said. “I think I had a tough year and struggled when I was here, finishing like this was such a high note. I’ll take it in the off-season. It’s definitely a lot of inspiration.”
The boy who survived the building collapse threw the first pitch
Fifteen-year-old Jonah Handler, who survived the collapse of the condo building in Surfside, Fla., on June 24, threw the ceremonial first pitch before the game. Handler is a varsity baseball player at Monsignor Edward Pace High in nearby Miami Gardens and spoke with Marlins fielders Rojas and Chisholm during batting practice.
Phillies: RHP Conor Brogdon (right groin stiffness) was placed on a 10-day injured list. RHP Seranthony Dominguez was recalled from Triple-A Leigh Valley.
Marlins: IF-OF John Bertie (concussion) was transferred to the 60-day injured list.
The Phillies have not announced a starter for Sunday’s season finale, while the Marlins will go with RHP Pablo López (5-5, 3.03). Lopez has been sidelined since July 11 due to a right rotator cuff strain.