Trevor Rogers fights back, Marlins get blown up in series opener


Cincinnati, OH—With just a week to go until the trade deadline, the Marlins are considered likely sellers. It’s a distracting situation for the team and its players. To change the trajectory of their season, they have to take care of business on the pitch against a rebuilding Reds side. However, Monday’s horrific loss did not help their cause.

The Marlins got off to a surprisingly hot start with Nick Fortes hitting a single. After a lineout from Jesus Aguilar, Nick Fortes flew 2nd and advanced to 3rd on an E4. Avisaíl García drove Fortes with an RBI single. 1-0, Marlins.

At the end of the 1st, Trevor Rogers gave up a brace to his competition for the 2021 NL Rookie of the Year award, Jonathan India. India’s brace worked in vain, however, as the Reds had three straight withdrawals afterwards.

The Reds began to build an attack late in the second, as Kyle Farmer walked the first and former Marlin Donovan Solano singled to center field. That gave the Reds two no-out runners in the inning. Trevor Rogers did a pretty good job coming out of the inning, stringing those batsmen up with one strikeout, a lineout that included a great catch from Bryan De La Cruz and another strikeout.

The Marlins also responded with a few base runners early in the inning, this time on top of 3rd. Jacob Stallings agreed with a first single and Miguel Rojas continued with his own single. During Nick Fortes’ at-bat, Nick Lodolo threw a wild pitch that allowed both runners to advance to 2nd and 3rd, still with no outs. Fortes found himself right after with a walk, charging the bases with no outs.

Of course, this round ended with a few runs scored, didn’t it? Not so fast. Jesús Aguilar struck out to give Lodolo his 5th strikeout of the game through 2 13 work sleeves. During Avisaíl García’s game at bat, he aligned himself with Joey Votto. Votto went heads-up to throw second and get the forced takedown, on which Rojas showed no effort to get back to the sack. Still 1-0, Marlins.

Jonathan India came into this match with something to prove against Trevor Rogers, it seems. India added another hit to their tally with a first single in the bottom of the 3rd.

Rogers again had to get out of a jam late in the 3rd, as Brandon Drury found himself in a 3-6 defenseman’s pick, which was followed by a Tommy Pham single. Rogers had Votto retired in a full count, but followed that up with a Kyler Farmer RBI single. Tie game, 1 each.

The next at bat would ultimately be the last inning, but the Marlins didn’t come out unscathed. Solano hit a 2 RBI double into left center space but was kicked out trying to stretch it into a triple. Head change: 3-1, Reds.

The top of the 4th was all JJ Bleday. He led us with a brace and headed home during Luke Williams’ late inning at bat, taking the final 180 feet on a pitching error and a wild pitch. 3-2, Marlins.

Nick Senzel got the first hit from the bottom of the 4th with a one-out double. India tied the game on walks with two outs, followed by a 3-point shot for Brandon Drury. It was his 19th home run of the season. 6-2, Reds. Ugh.

This was Trevor Rogers’ toughest outing in a while. His last line: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, HR, 84 throws. This may be the last we see of him in the majors for a while, with Jesús Luzardo and Edward Cabrera both returning from IL within the next two weeks.

Zach Pop forced Solano out to start the inning, but it immediately dropped after that. Matt Reynolds got along via a single. Senzel was walking. Michael Papierski hit a single. So what did Jonathan India do? Continued his career night in the widest way possible, winning his first career Grand Slam. 10-2, Reds.

Zach Pop’s final line was 0.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, 0 K, HR, 27 pitches. He was pulled out in the middle of an at-bat with an apparent finger/bulb issue. Jordan Holloway came to complete the 5th inning, which he did. Brutal and brutal sleeve.

Votto barred, Farmer double, Solano single, Reynolds single RBI

As if the Reds needed more points, they got another one late in the 6th. The sequence? Double Farmer, Single Solano, Single Reynolds RBI. The two singles were balls that had just rolled into the outfield. Yeah. 11-2, Reds

Lodolo came out at the top of the 7th for Joel Kuhnel. Lodolo’s last line is 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 96 slots. He only pitched 2 innings in his last start, so that’s quite a rebound from him.

Jordan Holloway was solid in his first game with the Marlins, posting 2.2 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 2 K

Kuhnel put up a solid line for the Reds during his time on the mound, with 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, K, 29 pitches.

Willians Astudillo came in 8th for the Marlins and he had the best line of the night, with 1.0 IP, BB, as well as a self-throwing double play.

The final score of this one was 11-2, the Marlins lose.

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And after?

The Marlins continue that 4-game set Tuesday with a power pitching duel, featuring Pablo López and the Reds’ Hunter Greene. Pablo praised Greene during my interview with him.

The Marlins also increased their losing streak at Great American Ball Park to 8 games. They were swept in a 3 game game in 2019 and were swept in a 4 game game in 2021. Brutal luck here in Cincinnati for the Marlins recently.

The first pitch is at 6:40 p.m. EST on Bally Sports Florida.


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