After blowing save vs Marlins, Hunter Strickland fractured his hand punching a door

After blowing save vs Marlins, Hunter Strickland fractured his hand punching a door

Hunter Strickland had a really bad Monday night. First he blew the save against the Marlins. Then he punched a door and fractured his pitching hand.

Hunter Strickland had a bad Monday night and it appears it just got worse.

The Giants’ closer blew a two-run lead against the Marlins and in a fit of rage afterward, he fractured his pitching hand by punching a door.

Strickland will have surgery on his right hand and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks.

Bruce Bochy made the announcement prior to Tuesday and told reporters that Sam Dyson or Tony Watson will fill in as closer. Pierce Johnson will be recalled to take the roster spot.


Marlins look to stay clutch vs. Giants

Marlins look to stay clutch vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — The Miami Marlins will seek to continue to work their late-game magic against the San Francisco Giants when the teams meet for the second time in a three-game series Tuesday night.

Miguel Rojas capped a three-run rally in the ninth inning Monday, allowing the Marlins to overcome a 4-2 deficit and beat the Giants for the fourth time in five games over the past eight days.

All four wins have come in come-from-behind fashion.

Monday’s thriller could have a carryover effect on the rest of the series as Giants closer Hunter Strickland and Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson, one of the heroes of the ninth-inning rally, exchanged words after the Marlins had taken the lead.

Brinson also had a hand in one of Miami’s rallies last week, smacking a game-tying hit off Madison Bumgarner in last Monday’s 7-5 win.

The Giants did not appreciate the way Brinson celebrated the hit, and it was no surprise when Strickland’s first pitch to him in the ninth this time around was under his chin.

But Brinson earned the right to celebrate again, lining a game-tying single to right field off Strickland, then yelling at the Giants? enforcer on his way to first base.

Brinson reached third on Rojas’ tie-breaking hit, after which Strickland was removed from the game, exiting the field toward the third base dugout and within 15 feet of Brinson.

The two then exchanged words again, setting the stage another possible encounter before the end of the series.

It was Strickland’s fourth blown save of the season, but just the Giants first loss this season in a game in which it led going into the ninth inning. They’d been 31-0.

Afterward, Giants manager Bruce Bochy credited for Marlins for once again not going down without a fight.

“We’ve had the lead; we’ve got to finish it,” he said. “They keep themselves in the ballgame. Keep it close and anything can happen.”

Monday’s 5-4 outcome was identical to last week’s 5-4 Marlins win on Wednesday, a game also started by left-handers Caleb Smith of the Marlins and Andrew Suarez of the Giants.

Tuesday’s second game of the series also will feature a pitching rematch, with right-handers Dan Straily (2-2, 4.23) of the Marlins and Dereck Rodriguez (1-1, 4.34) of the Giants going head-to-head for the second time in six days.

The Giants prevailed the first time around last Thursday despite blowing an early 3-0 lead. They needed 16 innings to win 6-3.

Rodriguez worked 6 2/3 innings in the win, allowing two runs and seven hits. It was just the third start and fourth big-league appearance of his career.

He’ll take an 0-0 and 2.70 ERA against the Marlins into the game.

Straily, meanwhile, worked five innings in the first meeting, allowing three runs and three hits. Andrew McCutchen and Mac Williamson accounted for the three runs with home runs.

The 29-year-old has never lost to the Giants, going 4-0 with a 2.82 ERA in six career starts. He’s 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in two starts in San Francisco.

Marlins rally in ninth as Giants squander four-run lead

Marlins rally in ninth as Giants squander four-run lead

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Miami Marlins’ Miguel Rojas swings for a two run single off San Francisco Giants’ Andrew Suarez in the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 18, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Miguel Rojas followed Lewis Brinson‘s RBI single with a go-ahead base hit as the Miami Marlins rallied in the ninth inning and overcame an early four-run deficit to beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Monday night.

Hunter Strickland (3-3), San Francisco’s second reliever, blew his fourth save in 17 chances. He walked Brian Anderson to begin the ninth then surrendered J.T. Realmuto’s RBI double.

Tayron Guerrero (1-2) pitched the eighth before Kyle Barraclough closed out the 2-hour, 47-minute game for his third save as Giants fans booed the home team.

Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer in the second and Andrew Suarez struck out seven, but San Francisco failed to hold a lead as it opened an extended stretch at home.

Joe Panik added an RBI single in the second after Buster Posey led off the inning with a double that center fielder Brinson misjudged, letting it go over his head.

Suarez had his third straight no-decision and second in a row against the Marlins after the Giants’ 5-4 loss at Miami on Wednesday, when the clubs played a four-game series in South Florida to begin last week.

Mac Williamson also had an RBI single as the Giants lost for just the second time in their last nine home games. They began a schedule with 20 of 26 at AT&T Park after nearly a month with only eight games in the Bay Area.

Marlins starter Caleb Smith, who made his first career start against the Giants last Wednesday and matched up against Suarez for a second straight outing, was done after four innings, allowing four runs on six hits, striking out four and walking two.

Miami committed two errors and had managed only Rojas’ two-run single in the fifth before getting to Strickland. Among the Marlins’ most reliable hitters this month, Anderson played at AT&T Park for the first time and went 0 for 3 – making him 0 for 10 in his past three games.


Giants’ first-round draft pick and catcher Joey Bart, the No. 2 overall selection who signed for a bonus of more than $7 million, arrived to AT&T Park for a stop before he returns to Arizona to get some at-bats before reporting to Class A short-season Salem-Keizer in the Northwest League.

”This is unbelievable,” he said. ”I’m lucky to be in this position. I’m ready to take off from here.”

Bart planned to ride BART – Bay Area Rapid Transit – on Tuesday.

He enjoyed the atmosphere at the ballpark.

”I’d love to be out here as soon as possible,” he said of reaching the big leagues.


Marlins second-round pick Osiris Johnson of Alameda’s Encinal High – where cousin Jimmy Rollins and Dontrelle Willis also played – met manager Don Mattingly before the game and watched batting practice.

”I’ve seen a lot of good things,” Mattingly said, ”moving around at short, swinging it.”


Marlins: Mattingly is hopeful 3B Martin Prado will return from a strained left hamstring that put him on the disabled list May 26 sometime before the All-Star break. Prado is on a running progression and taking groundballs and hitting back home. ”He’s been a surprise he’s doing this good this fast,” Mattingly said. ”He’s been 100 percent.” … 1B Garrett Cooper (bruised right wrist) played four innings at Class A Jupiter and will do so again Tuesday before continuing his rehab with Triple-A New Orleans.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto threw a 40-pitch, two-inning simulated game, facing Hunter Pence as one of the hitters, as he works back from inflammation in his pitching elbow. The Giants will determine the next step – starting a rehab appearance or throwing again to live hitters – based on how he feels Tuesday. … RHP Jeff Samardzija, on the disabled list for a second stint this time with tightness in his pitching shoulder, threw a bullpen and will make a rehab outing with Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday and then it will be determined if he needs another or is activated. … Athletic trainer Dave Groeschner will travel to Los Angeles to be with Evan Longoria as the third baseman has surgery Tuesday on his fractured left hand. … SS Brandon Crawford went on the paternity list for the birth of his son and fourth child and INF Kelby Tomlinson was recalled from Sacramento.


Marlins: RHP Dan Straily (2-2, 4.23 ERA) is 4-0 with 2.82 against the Giants entering his seventh career start vs. San Francisco.

Giants: RHP Dereck Rodriguez (1-1, 4.34) makes his fourth career start after a no-decision in a 16-inning Giants win against the Marlins last Thursday.

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Giants open homestand with sour taste, blow ninth-inning lead in loss to Marlins

Giants open homestand with sour taste, blow ninth-inning lead in loss to Marlins

SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants talked a lot about how difficult their stretch on the road was. Their first night back was difficult to watch. 

Hunter Strickland melted down in the ninth, coughing up a two-run lead. He walked the leadoff batter, hung a slider that went for a double, walked the next batter, got an out, and then gave up back-to-back singles before departing with a few words for Lewis Brinson, who tied the game. The Giants lost 5-4 in an embarrassing fashion, dropping to 1-4 against the lowly Marlins this season. Here are some things that happened before the inning that ended in boos… 

— Strickland’s performance blew a win for Andrew Suarez, who allowed two runs over seven innings. Suarez entered the night fourth in strikeout-to-walk ratio among lefties with at least 40 innings this season, right behind Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw. He struck out seven and walked just one. 

— Kelby Tomlinson is here for three days because Brandon Crawford is on paternity leave, and he made an impact his first night back. Tomlinson’s diving stop ended the third, and he made another sliding stop to start an inning-ending double play in the seventh. 

Pablo Sandoval‘s homer was his first this season as a right-handed batter. He got a hanging slider from Caleb Smith and drove it into the first row of seats in left. Sandoval entered the day hitting just .148 against lefties, but he’ll see plenty of them now that Evan Longoria is out six-to-eight weeks. 

— Bruce Bochy gave Sam Dyson some extended time off in Los Angeles so he could freshen up. Dyson needed one pitch to get a double play in the seventh and then breezed through the eighth, ending it with a 94 mph that flummoxed Starlin Castro. 

Marlins Minor League Review: 6/18

Marlins Minor League Review: 6/18

Every week we will give a brief recap of each of the past week’s action for each Marlins farm affiliate, focusing on the top prospects (per MLB Pipeline) and whoever else may be making an impact or turning heads.

Beginning this season, Pipeline makes it easy for you to monitor the recent performances of those top prospects.

Triple-A: New Orleans Baby Cakes (@cakesbaseball)

Record over the last ten games: 5-5

Season record: 33-36


Dillon Peters had a terrific outing in Sunday’s 3-0 victory. This was Peter’s first career triple-A victory, and he earned it: seven shutout innings, fanning seven while giving up only three hits.

This came a day after a solid seven inning, two-run outing from Sandy Alcántara. He was supported by multiple hit games from Magneuris Sierra, Austin Dean, and Eric Campbell. Dean has at least one hit in 8 out of his last 9 and the outfielder has an .848 OPS in his first year in triple-A.

Alcántara Photo by @cakesbaseball/Twitter

Magneuris Sierra, continues to make an argument for a promotion sometime this season. After a slow start, he is now been very steady, and has raised his average to .360 while showing flashes of power and speed while showing more patience at the plate.

Ben Meyer is now back with the Cakes, after three shutout innings with the big club, and he along with Jarlin Garcia should strengthen New Orleans’ staff as Richards and Conley remain with the Fish.

Double-A: Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (@jaxshrimp)

Record over the last ten games: 3-7

Season record: 28-40


Thirsty Thursdays and Fireworks Friday! Those are the most featured topics on the Jumbo Shrimp’s website. Though they sound like load of fun, it also suggests that not much is going on with the team itself.

On the positive side, Braxton Lee was brought up from Jupiter to Jacksonville on Friday. In his first 11 games in the minors after coming back from injury, he has hit .250 with all 9 hits being singles.

Isan Diaz continues hit hot hitting, and has hit .300 over his last ten games.

After Peter O’Brien hit 7 home runs over a 6 game span last week for the Shrimp he has proved himself to be a mere mortal and has no homers in his last 5 games, though he does have two hits in that span. Hey, what did you expect?

Marlins top prospect Monte Harrison has hit .158 in his last ten games, but does have two homers and five steals to show for it.

Merandy González has been called up to Miami, in case you missed it.

Single-A (Advanced): Jupiter Hammerheads (@GoHammerheads)

Record over the last ten games: 5-5

Season record: 39-27


As mentioned last week, the Marlins’ flame throwing prospect Jorge Guzman has been fantastic, but due to the weekend off for the Hammerheads hasn’t pitched since June 11th.

The top hitting prospects for the Hammerheads: James Nelson, Joe Dunand and Brian Miller have all hit in the .260 range with an OPS around .650 for their last ten games, though the always productive Miller did have 5 RBIs and a very nice write-up in the Herald last week.

Single-A: Greensboro Grasshoppers (@GSOHoppers)

Record last week: 5-5

Season record: 34-35


The Hoppers will host the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on Tuesday, so get your tickets if you’re in the area.

Two Grasshoppers jump out at you due to recent successes.

Edward Cabrera, the 20-year-old Dominican RHP, has not given up more than three runs in a game in five weeks; while sporting an ERA of 1.93 during this stretch while the offense is represented by shortstop Jose Devers has hit .385 with two doubles and three triples over his last ten games.

Class A Short-Season: Batavia Muckdogs (@BataviaMuckdogs)

Record last week: 1-2

Season record: 1-2


Since it’s only been three games, let’s let this breathe a little and get a bigger picture next week. Still, great to have short season back! Oh….am I the only one who sees an angry spider when you look at the Muckdogs’ logo?

J.T. Realmuto's 2 home runs, 4 RBI power Marlins past Orioles

J.T. Realmuto's 2 home runs, 4 RBI power Marlins past Orioles

During a horrid stretch in which the Baltimore Orioles keep finding ways to lose, J.T. Realmuto did his part to extend the downward spiral.

Realmuto homered twice and had four RBIs off Alex Cobb, and the Miami Marlins beat the skidding Orioles 5-4 on Saturday.

Realmuto singled in a run in the first inning, hit a two-run shot in the third and led off the sixth with his ninth home run on a 3-1 pitch. It was his fourth career multihomer game, the second this season.

Baltimore has lost nine straight, its longest skid since an identical run in July 2011. The Orioles tied a club record with their 11th consecutive home loss and fell to 19-50 overall, the worst record in the majors.

“Nobody’s going to feel sorry for you,” manager Buck Showalter said. “They step on your neck when you’re down, and we did the same to other clubs. We’ve got to figure out a way to get back into that mode. We’ve just had a little trouble keeping the ball in the park.”

On Friday night, Baltimore managed only three hits in a 2-0 loss. In this one, the lowest-scoring team in the American League wasted 11 hits, a home run by Jonathan Schoop and two RBIs by Manny Machado .

Cobb could only blame himself for letting Realmuto outdo the Baltimore offense.

“When you have a good hitter up there, you can’t fall behind and then give them a cookie down the middle,” Cobb lamented. “It’s frustrating that it was one guy but it was more frustrating that I let him win the at-bats before he actually hit the home run.”

Former Oriole Wei-Yin Chen (2-3) limited Baltimore to three runs over six innings to earn his first victory since April 28.

Drew Steckenrider worked the ninth for his first save, putting Miami in position to complete its initial series sweep of the season on Sunday.

The Marlins have won five of six to put some pressure on fourth-place New York in the NL East.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys on this team who are gaining a lot of momentum, getting a lot of confidence,” Realmuto said. They’re starting to swing the bats really well. We’ve got young guys producing for us every night. When that happens, you just gain confidence, and over a period of time you get better and better.”

Cobb (2-9) allowed five runs on seven hits over seven innings. He’s given up a total of 14 runs in his last two starts.

“Just a few fastballs that I left over the middle of the plate that didn’t come back that really ended up being the difference-maker,” Cobb said.

Miami hit leadoff doubles in the first and second innings, with both runners coming around to score. Realmuto followed a walk with a home run in the third to make it 4-0.

“It was one of those games that starts so good,” manager Don Mattingly said. “First couple innings are kind of what you’re looking for from your club.”

In the Baltimore third, Machado hit a two-out, two-run single to increase his RBI total to 52.

Schoop went deep in the sixth and an RBI single by Danny Valencia got Baltimore to 5-4 in the seventh.


Baltimore’s Adam Jones has hit safely in all eight interleague games (13 for 33, .394). Realmuto has a .350 batting average in 31 career road interleague games. Baltimore is 2-6 vs. the NL, Miami is 3-3 vs. the AL.


Marlins: INF Miguel Rojas was rested, one day after being bruised by a pitch that hit his left hand. “Felt OK, actually looked OK, but wasn’t able to put a lot of pressure on that bottom hand,” Mattingly said, adding, “He’ll probably be in there tomorrow.”

Orioles: LHP Richard Bleier will have season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair his left shoulder. It’s a Grade 3 latissimus tear. 3B Tim Beckham (groin) was slated to be the DH for Double-A Bowie in the second game of his rehab assignment. OF Colby Rasmus (hip) is expected to come off the DL next week.


Marlins: Rookie Trevor Richards (1-3, 4.41 ERA) makes his eighth career start in the series finale. The right-hander earned his first big league win on Tuesday against San Francisco.

Orioles: Dylan Bundy (4-7. 3.66) seeks his fifth win, which would account for one-quarter of the team’s victories this season.

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