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Miami Marlins Sweep Colorado Rockies for First Series Win of 2024



Credit: Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins clinched their first series victory of 2024 with a dramatic sweep against the Colorado Rockies. The Marlins, who had lost 24 of their initial 30 games, found much-needed momentum, finishing the series with a 5-4 walk-off win at loanDepot park.

Jesus Sanchez emerged as the key figure in this series. Just days after being benched for a defensive lapse, Sanchez redeemed himself. In the climactic moment of Thursday’s game, Sanchez hit a decisive line drive into the left-field corner in the bottom of the 10th inning, driving in Luis Arraez to seal the victory. This marked the Marlins’ second walk-off win in the three-game stretch.

The Marlins’ manager, Skip Schumaker, reflected on the series with a sense of optimism, emphasizing the collective effort of the team. “Everybody contributed in this series,” Schumaker noted. He highlighted the strong performances from the bullpen and rookies, as well as timely hitting, as key factors in their success.

Sanchez’s turnaround was significant. After the setback earlier in the week, where he was pulled from a game for what appeared to be a lack of effort, he showed great resilience. “That’s the game of baseball. Some days are going to be good and some are going to be bad. You just have to keep moving forward,” Sanchez stated, showing his commitment to overcoming challenges.

Edward Cabrera started for the Marlins but faced difficulties, lasting only four innings while striking out nine. Despite allowing four runs, Cabrera’s performance combined with effective relief pitching was enough to secure the win. Notably, Cabrera has been battling health issues, which he acknowledged affected his play.

The Rockies, on the other hand, continued their challenging season, dropping to an NL-worst 7-24 record. Rockies manager Bud Black remained hopeful, praising his team’s effort and expressing confidence in their morale despite the series loss.

This series sweep could represent a turning point for the Marlins as they look to carry their newfound momentum into the upcoming series against Oakland. As Schumaker pointed out, a long flight to the West Coast is always better with a win, hinting at the positive atmosphere surrounding the team as they departed Miami.

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