Marlins look to Zach Thompson in rubber game against Braves
Posted On July 4, 2021
Two hot pitchers will be on the mound when the visiting Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves wrap up their three-game streak on Sunday afternoon.
Miami rookie Zach Thompson (2-2, 1.50 ERA) will face Atlanta veteran Charlie Morton (7-3, 3.74) in the rubber game between the two rivals in the National League East. The Marlins have won six of nine games against the Braves this season.
Thompson has been a good addition to the Marlins’ excellent rotation. He hasn’t allowed more than two points on an outing since being promoted from minors. He was signed as a minor league free agent during the offseason after spending six seasons with the Chicago White Sox.
The right-hander has just completed his longest outing, a six-innings win over Washington that allowed him to allow two runs (one earned) on four hits with 11 strikeouts. The Marlins’ last pitcher with over 11 punchouts was Caleb Smith on May 7, 2019.
Thompson faced the Braves on June 12 and earned his first career victory pitching five clean innings, allowing four hits and six strikeouts.
“Being able to give my team a chance to win is all I’m really trying to do,” said Thompson. “As long as I can keep going and keep us in a good position to win a baseball game, then that’s really important to me. I hope I can keep going longer in games, so six innings can be a bit normal. . “
Morton is 5-1 in his last seven starts, but was not involved in Tuesday’s decision against the New York Mets. He allowed three runs to end his 20 2/3 scoreless streak that night.
Morton wants to make his 16th career start against the Marlins. He’s 7-5 with a 4.27 ERA against Miami. He faced the Marlins on June 11 and suffered the loss after allowing four runs in four innings.
Both teams appreciated the stellar work of their starters.
In the last 17 games, the Atlanta rotation has a 2.76 ERA (28 earned runs in 91 1/3 innings) and has allowed just seven home runs. Since allowing 28 homers in their first 26 games, the Atlanta starters have scored 30 homers in 56 games.
Miami’s top three starters – Sandy Alcantara, Pablo Lopez and Trevor Rogers – combined for a 2.70 ERA with 301 strikeouts in 296 innings. Only seven times, a member of this trio allowed more than three points. Alcantara allowed an unearned run in six innings in Saturday’s 3-2 win.
“(Alcantara) is playing wrestling at 100 mph,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “His business is live. He’s a really good pitcher, effortless. It looks like once he lets go he can stay in there and pitch all day.”
The Marlins made a roster change on Saturday, acquiring David Hess from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-hander Justin Sterner and cash consideration.
Hess spent the season with Triple-A Durham, compiling a 5-1 record with a 2.81 ERA in 13 appearances. He spent 2018-2020 with Baltimore and went 4-20 with a 5.86 ERA.
– Field level media