Pablo returns as Rojas wins second game as acting manager to conclude a disappointing 2021 season.
The 2021 season wrapped up Sunday at loanDepot Park, and while the Marlins won’t be playing games late into October this go-around, the conclusion of a wildly disappointing season wasn’t absent of its plesantries.
Appointed acting manager for the second time in three seasons in the season finale, shortstop Miguel Rojas improved to 2-0 in his spaced-out managerial tenure as Miami wrapped up the season with a 5-4 win over the Phillies.
Encouraging to see was Pablo López’s return to the mound for the first time since July 11th. The right-hander, who sat 93-97 with his variety of fastballs, allowed one run – a Freddy Galvis home run – on 4 hits over his 1.2 innings, striking out 4, and generating 10 swings-and-misses.
“Taking the ball from him (Pablo), and seeing his face again just made me so happy, especially knowing he’s healthy,” said Rojas postgame.
— Bally Sports Florida: Marlins (@BallyMarlins) October 3, 2021
Jazz Chisholm would increase the Miami lead to two with a single to drive in Alvarez. Chisholm would finish his first full big league season with 18 home runs and 23 stolen bases.
WIth suspicion surrounding the inevitability of the universal-DH amid the futility of pitcher’s hitting, Steven Okert, who, brought in on a minor league deal, finished with a 2.75 ERA in 36 innings pitched, drove in catcher Nick Fortes, albeit uncredited, to give Miami a 3-1 lead.
More on Fortes, who began his Major League career with 3 home runs in his first 13 games, gave the Fish all of the remaining offense they’d need with a two-run blast off of Héctor Neris.
The Marlins brought in a couple catchers at the deadline, but it’s Nick Fortes who’s certainly been the best performer offensively of the group. Looking forward to seeing him compete in spring. https://t.co/aYhpbiMVtR
— jeremy taché (@jeremytache) October 3, 2021
- Both of Miguel Rojas’s two wins as acting manager have come in one-run victories over the Phillies. The previous such occurrence came on the final day of the 2019 season, a 4-3 win at Citizens Bank Park.
- Phillies’ reliever Héctor Neris set the Phillies all-time record for strikeouts as a reliever, punching out Chisholm to set the mark at 520, surpassing Ron Reed.