Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Dose Of Reality

 BY SCOTT MORGANROTH

On Saturday Night, Sandy Alcantara made a great case to win the National League Cy Young Award as he recorded his fourth complete game of the season leading the Marlins to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Alcantara struck out 10 and only walked two as he bounced back from his shortest out of the season against the Dodgers by allowing a season-high six runs in 3 2/3 innings on August 21 in LA. The Dodgers won this game 10-3.

On Saturday, he threw this masterpiece in front of the Marlins third-largest home crowd of the season (23,543).

Sunday’s contest was streamed on Peacock Network and Alcantara was interviewed during the game.

Sunday’s matchup vs the Dodgers saw Julio Urias, 13-7 with a 2.36 take the hill as he opposed Miami’s Edward Cabrera, who was 4-1 with a 1.41 ERA.

On paper, this was an intriguing matchup until the Dodgers jumped on Cabrera early.

Mookie Betts led off the game with a solo homer, his 31st of the campaign to give LA a 1-0 lead. 

The Dodgers scored two runs in the inning but Cabrera amassed three strikeouts. 

Miami trailed 2-0.

This would turn out to be a challenging afternoon for Cabrera as he hurled 5.2 innings, yielding five hits, six runs and he struck out five while throwing 102 pitches.

Meanwhile, Urias tamed the Marlins by throwing six innings and giving up one run, striking out seven, walking four and throwing 101 pitches.

Three relievers would hold the Marlins scoreless as Los Angeles defeated Miami 8-1 in front of 13,617 in a contest that took 3:14 minutes to complete.

Miami’s only offense came from a solo home run by Brian Anderson in the fourth inning.

The Dodgers showed why they are the best team in Baseball as they got offensive production all over their  line-up. 

On this day, their entire line-up got on base at least once.

Los Angeles touched up Marlins pitching for 14 hits leading to its 88th win of the season. Urias saw his record improve to 14-7.

Meanwhile, Cabrera’s record dropped to 4-2 and this supposed pitchers dual wouldn’t transpire and the Marlins lost for the 72nd time and only had two hits in this game.

Sandy Alcantara’s don’t grow on trees and in a span in less than 24 hours, the Marlins got a “Dose Of Reality” for all the wrong reasons.

Scott Morganroth can be reached at southfloridatribune@gmail.com and you can follow him on Twitter @TribuneSouth.

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