The Miami Marlins have had a very tough time scoring runs this season despite their relatively powerful lineup of hitters. They started June with a doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies in Denver where their bats finally broke out and brought home a bunch of runs.
Through the end of May, the Marlins had played 46 games and only scored 181 runs. They sat at 26 out of 30 in the MLB in terms of runs scored. That is an average of 3.9 runs per game which explains why they held a 19-27 record coming into June.
They have been held to three runs or less in 24 games and they are 4-20 in those games. On the flip side, they have scored seven or more in only nine games, but they are 8-1 in those games.
Those numbers are incredibly frustrating for the Marlins and their fans considering their lineup features Jazz Chisholm Jr., Jesus Aguilar, Jorge Soler and Avisail Garcia. These are guys who hit 18, 22, 27 and 29 homers and had 53, 93, 70 and 86 RBIs respectively last season.
A Big Doubleheader
The Marlins aimed to change their hitting woes with a huge doubleheader in Denver to kick off June baseball.
In the first game, the Marlins did just that as they put the hurt on the Rockies. With the help of a four-run 4th inning and six-run seventh inning, the Marlins came away with a 14-1 victory. 14 runs set a season record for a single game.
Their entire lineup put up huge numbers as they racked up 21 hits, a season-high by five. Every starter had at least one hit and five different batters recorded three hits.
Their big hitters, especially, did their jobs and put up some good numbers. Chisholm Jr., had two hits including an RBI single and a three-run homer giving him a team-high four RBIs; Soler had three hits and two RBIs; Garcia had three hits and an RBI.
They got right back to it in the second game. This time they were able to put up 12 runs, but unfortunately, their pitching failed them as they lost the game 13-12 on a walk-off homer in the 10th inning.
They were able to put up 12 runs on 12 hits and nine walks. They had four different players record multiple hits including Garcia who went 2-2 with three RBIs in his only two at-bats. It also gave him a total of five hits on the day.
They were also able to smash three homers on behalf of Miguel Rojas, Willians Astudillo and Jesus Sanchez. Interestingly, all three came with no outs in the three innings.
A Big Difference
Coming into this day the Marlins only had two games where they scored double-digit runs. Both of which, oddly enough, finished with a score of 11-3.
After this doubleheader, they increased their total runs from 181 to 207 which pushed them from 26th to 16th in the MLB. They went from right near the very bottom to the middle. It also boosted their runs per game average from 3.9 to 4.3.
The last time the Marlins scored double-digit runs in back-to-back games was June 18 and 19, 2021 against the Chicago Cubs. The last time they scored 26 runs in back-to-back games was July 26 and 27, 2017 against the Texas Rangers.
The craziest stat of the day is that with these 26 runs, the Marlins scored 12.6% of their total runs this season on June 1st. This perfectly explains how poorly their offense has been this season and just how crazy this doubleheader was.
The Miami Marlins had one of the craziest doubleheaders the baseball world has seen in quite a while. They continue to play the National League West as they welcome the San Francisco Giants into Miami for a big four-game weekend series. The Giants have some stellar pitching and dominant hitting so the Marlins are going to need to keep this offensive outpour going in order to have any hope of winning this series.
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