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Marlins Sweep Angels in Impressive Weekend Series



Rob Schumacher/ The Republic/ USA Today

The Miami Marlins had a remarkable weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels, sweeping their opponents in a three-game showdown. The Marlins showcased their dominance both on the mound and at the plate, outscoring the Angels by a combined score of 16-7 over the series.

Game one saw the Marlins take a convincing 6-2 victory over the Angels. Starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo bounced back from recent struggles, delivering an impressive performance. He allowed just one run in five innings pitched while striking out seven batters. The Marlins’ offense came alive with a whopping 16 hits, led by Bryan De La Cruz, who went 4-5 with a home run, two RBIs, and three runs scored. Luis Arraez and Jorge Soler also contributed to the offensive surge, with Arraez tallying two hits and an RBI, and Soler blasting his 16th home run of the season. The Marlins bullpen held strong, conceding only one additional run, allowing the team to secure the victory and reach the .500 mark.

Game two proved to be a thrilling contest that extended into extra innings. The Marlins emerged victorious with an 8-5 win after 10 innings of play. Yuli Gurriel got things rolling for the Marlins early on, driving in Jonathan Davis for an early 1-0 lead. Although the Angels took the lead in the sixth inning, Jorge Soler’s clutch two-run homer in the seventh put the Marlins back on top. Soler’s hot streak continued, as he has now homered in five consecutive games and has become a driving force behind the Marlins’ offensive success. The Angels managed to tie the game in the eighth with a solo home run by Gio Urshela. However, the Marlins capitalized in the 10th inning, scoring four runs on a combination of an Angels’ fielding error and a Garrett Hampson base hit. The Marlins held on for the 8-5 victory. Starting pitcher Edward Cabrera pitched admirably, allowing three runs in 5.2 innings against the formidable Shohei Ohtani. Cabrera’s performance kept the game within reach for the Marlins, who eventually surged ahead in the later innings to secure the win.

In the series’ final game, the Marlins emerged triumphant with a 2-0 shutout victory. Pitcher Eury Perez continued to shine, delivering an exceptional five-inning outing without conceding a run. Perez showcased his skill by striking out both Ohtani and Mike Trout, two of the game’s premier hitters. The Marlins bullpen was equally impressive, as manager Skip Schumaker deployed five relievers for the second consecutive day to stifle the Angels’ offense. Nick Fortes played a crucial role in the Marlins’ victory, going 3-4 with a home run in the third inning, which provided the team with a 1-0 lead. Jean Segura’s sixth-inning base hit added another run, scoring Arraez. The Marlins’ pitching and defensive efforts were ultimately enough to secure the sweep.

Entering the series with a record of 25-26, the Marlins faced a tough challenge against the 28-23 Angels. However, their impressive performance resulted in a sweep that propelled them to a 28-26 record, putting them back into contention for a wild card spot and second place in the NL East. With momentum on their side, the Marlins now prepare to face the San Diego Padres in a three-game series at LoanDepot Park, aiming to continue their winning streak and solidify their position in the playoff race.

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