The Miami Marlins turned to arguably the best starter in baseball on Wednesday night in Sandy Alcantara to try and avoid being swept by the Cincinnati Reds and that’s just what happened. Alcantara fired a complete game shutout as the Marlins topped the Reds 3-0 in just over two hours.
Jonathan India led off the game with a single and moved up to second on a wild pitch. Mike Moustakas would pick up a 1-out walk and Joey Votto had an infield single to load the bases, but a ground ball led to a force out at the plate and a ground out ended the inning.
Cincinnati wouldn’t threaten again until the 7th inning when Donovan Solano and Aristides Aquino put together back-to-back singles with one out. A visit to the mound was followed up by a ground ball double play that ended the inning. The Reds went quietly in both the 8th and 9th as Sandy Alcantara completed the shutout.
Mike Minor was cruising through the first three inning, striking out five batters in the process. But Jesus Aguilar squashed that with a 1-out homer in the 4th to put the Marlins on top 1-0. The next inning would see two more runs come across as Garrett Cooper lined a 2-out, 2-run double into the left-center gap to make it a 3-0 game. That would be all that the Marlins would get the rest of the way as Minor, Joel Kuhnel, Luis Cessa, and Hunter Strickland kept them off of the board over the next three innings, but with Sandy Alcantara tossing a complete game shutout, it was more than enough for the Marlins to avoid being swept.
Notes Worth Noting
The game was completed in 2 hours and 9 minutes in front of a sparse crowd of 8,656 fans.
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