The Miami Marlins haven’t been shy about keeping the scoreboard operator busy, recording 64 runs en route to winning nine of their last 11 games. After erupting for 19 runs on 27 hits to sweep Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Marlins aim for their fourth straight victory overall on Wednesday when they play the third contest of their four-game series versus the host Philadelphia Phillies.
Marcell Ozuna belted a two-run homer in both Miami’s 12-8 victory in the opener as well as a 7-4 triumph in the nightcap to give him seven hits in his last four games overall and eight RBIs in his last six contests. Fellow outfielder Christian Yelich went deep in the nightcap to cap a four-hit performance in the doubleheader and has recorded multi-hit performances in six of his last 11 encounters. The teams combined for 14 homers on Tuesday, with Philadelphia’s Tommy Joseph and Andres Blanco going deep in both contests. Rookie Rhys Hoskins went deep in the opener and has six homers in his last nine games overall.
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, FSN Florida (Miami), CSN Philadelphia
PITCHING MATCHUP: Marlins LH Justin Nicolino (2-1, 4.11 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Mark Leiter Jr. (1-3, 4.38)
Nicolino’s last encounter versus Philadelphia on May 30 lasted just three innings as he bruised his left index finger while attempting to bunt. The 25-year-old has found his groove in his last two outings, winning consecutive trips to the mound for the first time since April 27-May 3, 2016 while surrendering a total of two earned runs on 12 hits in 10 1/3 innings. Nicolino allowed one run on six hits across five innings in a 3-1 triumph over the New York Mets on Friday.
Leiter will look to notch his first win in two months when he takes the mound on Wednesday. The 26-year-old fell to 0-3 in his last seven outings on Aug. 15 after getting shelled for eight runs on seven hits - including two homers - in an 8-4 setback at San Diego. Leiter hasn’t fared well versus Miami this season, yielding six runs on as many hits in 2 1/3 innings over three appearances.
1. Miami RF Giancarlo Stanton has two homers, five RBIs and two runs scored during his three-game hitting streak.
2. Philadelphia SS Freddy Galvis is 0-for-12 with three strikeouts in his last three contests after collecting seven hits in his previous four.
3. Marlins C J.T. Realmuto had four hits in the doubleheader Tuesday after mustering five in his previous 10 games.
PREDICTION: Marlins 5, Phillies 2